From the Back Pages, April 17: Arsene Wenger compares talk of Jurgen Klopp replacing him at Arsenal to a ‘circus’

From the back pages
From the back pages

Arsene Wenger was dismissive of speculation as he spoke to the media for the first time since Jurgen Klopp announced he would be leaving Borussia Dortmund at the end of the season. (The Independent)

Mesut Özil has defended his contribution to the Arsenal team but admitted that he began the season “exhausted” after helping Germany to win the World Cup. (The Telegraph)

Arsène Wenger has questioned why television companies were not forbidden from scheduling Arsenal’s FA Cup semi-final at the same time as Chelsea’s match against Manchester United in the Barclays Premier League on Saturday. (The Times)

Southampton manager Ronald Koeman accepts it will be difficult to keep hold of Nathaniel Clyne this summer as Manchester United prepare a bid for England’s first-choice right back. (Daily Mail)

DANIEL STURRIDGE is a major doubt for Liverpool’s FA Cup semi-final showdown with Aston Villa as he struggles to win his latest fitness battle. (The Express)

Diego Costa, Philippe Coutinho, David De Gea, Eden Hazard, Harry Kane and Alexis Sánchez are the six players nominated for this year’s Professional Footballers’ Association’s Players’ Player of the Year award. (The Guardian)

Bryan Robson believes Manchester United can win their remaining six games this season to pip Arsenal to second spot. (The Mirror)