By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger has started negotiations with Samir Nasri over a new contract.

The Frenchman has been outstanding this season. His match-winning brace against Fulham on Saturday took his tally to 11 goals in 20 games. But even that does not tell the whole tale of his wonderful form as a creator and finisher.

Unsurprisingly, his manager wants to keep him at Emirates Stadium in the long term.

"We try for a new deal," said Wenger on Tuesday. "I believe 90 per cent of a player's career depends on the club where they go.

"It looks to me he has made the right decision when he decided to join us. So it would be the right decision for him to stay with us."

Nasri and Tottenham's Gareth Bale are considered the early contenders for the Player of the Season trophy. That is fine with Wenger but the manager feels his attentions should be on his team right now.

"We are in the middle of the season now and I will be happy for him if he becomes Player of the Year," said the Frenchman. "But what is the most important for me is that the Club wins.

"The consequence if the Club wins is that the players have a chance to win. I believe the priority is not to win individual awards - the most important thing is that the players focus on making their Club win."

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7 Dec 2010