Am using the custom menu widget to add a menu in the footer and i want to add a in the menu how can i do this ?

like so...

<li><a href=""><span>menu1</span></a></li> 

if done it for the main nav using the link before below but as this is a widget am not sure where to add this

'link_before' => '<span>',
'link_after' => '</span>'

any one know ?

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Filter 'walker_nav_menu_start_el' and replace the link text.

Prototype, not tested:

add_filter( 'walker_nav_menu_start_el', 'wpse_56028_title' );

function wpse_56028_title( $item )
    return preg_replace( '~(<a[^>]*>)([^<]*)</a>~', '$1<span>$2</span></a>', $item);

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