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Speculation that Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal is under threat leads the back pages on Thursday.

Speculation is mounting over Arsene Wenger’s future at Arsenal amid reports of further question marks over the manager’s position. The Daily Mirror says doubts are emerging among the squad and the club’s board, with bosses set to review his role at the end of the season. Wenger has faced a torrid time since Arsenal’s Carabao Cup final defeat by Manchester City, but the manager has refused to be drawn on his future, saying his focus is on qualifying for the Champions League, the paper reports.

What the papers say

Jack Wilshere’s time eat Arsenal could be coming to an end if the player and club cannot agree on new contract terms, The Sun says. It is thought the 26-year-old wants the club to improve their offer before committing to a new deal at the Emirates, with pay seemingly being the main sticking point. It has previously been reported the Gunners had tabled a pay cut to the midfielder’s £120,000-a-week salary, but with team-mates such as Mesut Ozil receiving a wage boost, progress in the talks looks to have stalled for the moment.

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West Ham want to keep defender Declan Rice at the club long term according to the Daily Mail. The 19-year-old’s current contract runs until 2020, but he Hammers are said to be hopeful they can keep the Republic of Ireland Under-21 international at London Stadium beyond that. His recent form as both a centre back and defensive midfielder in 23 appearances this season has impressed the hierarchy, with a new deal potentially worth £25,000 a week, the paper says.

Liverpool’s reported pursuit of Borussia Dortmund star Marco Reus could be in jeopardy as the German club look to tie their player to a new deal, the Daily Star says. The Germany international has 18 months left on his current contract, but has yet sign an extension. The forward has recently returned from injury and the Bundesliga club hope talks can now resume – despite recent hints of a transfer to Liverpool.

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Jonny Evans: The defender is likely to be in high demand come the end of the season should West Brom get relegated. With a £3million release clause in his contract should the Baggies drop to the Championship, West Ham are said to be poised to make a move for the 30-year-old, according to the Mirror. The Hammers could face competition from Leicester and Everton, who are also said to be interested in the player.

Willian: The Chelsea winger could leave the club this summer, the Daily Star reports, with Manchester United and AC Milan said to be leading the race to land the Brazil international. It comes as the 29-year-old has had sporadic starts at Stamford Bridge despite a run of good form.

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