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More to come from Arsenal's Samir Nasri - Arsene Wenger


Arsenal in tricky position - Wenger

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has warned rivals that there is more to come from Samir Nasri.

The Gunners take on Partizan Belgrade in their final Champions League group game on Wednesday and Wenger said the France midfielder is still developing.

"Nasri is an intelligent player and understands he plays where he can help the team the most. He has become more efficient and is maturing," he said.

"Nasri is only 23 years old and at that age you develop."

Wenger also backed the midfielder to follow in Thierry Henry's footsteps and become Footballer of the Year - but said the young star's first target must be collective achievement.

"We are in the middle of the season now and I will be happy for him if he becomes Player of the Year - but what is the most important for me is that the club wins," added Wenger.

"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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"I believe the priority is not to win individual awards - the most important thing is that the players focus on making their club win."

He continued: "When Thierry Henry came here he was 23 already and still developed a lot so that means there is a lot more to come from Nasri, [Cesc] Fabregas and all these players, so they are not players who are at the end of their improvement."

Wenger also confirmed he was hoping the French international, who in the absence of Fabregas will captain the side for the Partizan game, will sign a new contract with the north London club.

"We try for a new deal," he said. "I believe [for] 90% of the players their 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."

Meanwhile the Arsenal boss said he was taking nothing for granted against the Serbian champions, who have lost all five of their matches in their first appearance in Europe's top competition.

The Gunners have been beaten in their last two Group H matches and are level with third-placed Braga on nine points.

"We have put ourselves a little bit in a tricky position with our last two games, but it is still all in our hands and that's what we want to do - qualify," he said.

"The Arsenal fans are entitled to think that it will be easy, but what is important is that the team focuses to have a good game and that we produce the expected result."

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see also
Arsenal 3-1 Partizan Belgrade
08 Dec 10 |  Europe
Wenger hails inspirational Nasri
04 Dec 10 |  Arsenal

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