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Alan 1:25 Sat Mar 7
Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)

Real Madrid are planning a fresh move for Manchester United and Spain goalkeeper David de Gea, 29. (Sun)

Manchester City are ready to open negotiations over new contracts for Belgium midfielder Kevin De Bruyne, 28, and England forward Raheem Sterling, 25. (Mail)

Manchester City will make an improved bid for Inter's Slovakia defender Milan Skriniar, 25, this summer, having already failed with an offer of 60m euros (£52m). (Calciomercato - in Italian)

Arsenal could be forced to sell captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, 30, this summer because of his wage demands. The Gabon striker is in talks over a new contract and wants £300,000-a-week. (Mail)

Juventus are willing to offer Real Madrid boss Zinedine Zidane a £7m deal to lure their former player back to take charge at the end of the season. (Mail)

Tottenham will rival Liverpool and Manchester United for Norwich's highly-rated English midfielder Todd Cantwell, 22. (Express)

Manchester United have still not triggered the one-year extension in 31-year-old Serbia midfielder Nemanja Matic's contract, which expires this summer. (Manchester Evening News)

Chelsea are in talks to sign VfL Bochum's French-born Germany Under-18 central defender Armel Bella-Kotchap, 18. (Sun)

Chelsea's France international striker Olivier Giroud, 32, linked with Inter Milan and other clubs, now wants to stay at Stamford Bridge and has targeted a new contract. (Evening Standard)

Young Chelsea and Scotland midfielder Billy Gilmour, 18, is a target for Real Madrid and Barcelona. (Star)

Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham is targeting a return to action from ankle trouble this month and is hopeful of being fit for England's friendlies against Italy and Denmark. (Evening Standard)

Bayern Munich and Borussia Dortmund are both interested in signing Belgium right-back Thomas Meunier, 28, when his Paris St-Germain contract expires at the end of the season. (Goal)

Former Manchester United midfielder Nani told Portugal playmaker Bruno Fernandes that he should snub Manchester City in favour of a move to Old Trafford when the 25-year-old was considering leaving Sporting Lisbon. (Star)

Brentford's English striker Ollie Watkins, 24, says his "dream" is to play Premier League football with the Bees next season - but left the door open to a move should they fail to get promoted. (Evening Standard)

Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray says the club have no intention of losing Republic of Ireland defender Derrick Williams, 27, after interest from Major League Soccer emerged. (Lancashire Telegraph)

Football London

Mikel Arteta's brutally honest assessment to sum up Jack Wilshere's Arsenal and West Ham careers

The Gunners boss has spoken about his former-teammate Jack Wilshere ahead of the clash with West Ham

By Art De Roche

Mikel Arteta has given his thoughts on Jack Wilshere's battles with injury ahead of Arsenal's Premier League clash with West Ham.

The midfielder came through the Arsenal academy and quickly established himself in the first team as an 18-year-old during the 2010/11 season. Picking up his first major injury in the 2011/12 pre-season, he came back in bursts for the Gunners but struggled to sustain a run over an entire season.

Leaving when his contract expired in June 2018 - the same summer Arsene Wenger departed - Wilshere joined West Ham for free. He's since played 14 league games for the Hammers with his last appearance coming in October's 2-0 loss to Everton when he played 27 minutes.

Having played with Wilshere for five years, Arteta gave his perspective of the injury troubles the 28-year-old has had over the course of his career.

"It's very sad with Jack. When I joined here and watched him play every day in training, you would say he could be one of the best midfielders," he said.

"He always had something, then he is starting to build again a career and then again another injury, again another setback and it was disappointing.

"I was very impressed with Jack. How strong he was mentally to deal with the situation because as well he had a lot of pressure from the media because the expectations for him were big, but it is what it is.

"He could have been phenomenal."

Wilshere has returned to the Emirates since leaving as his third game for West Ham was away at Arsenal.

Getting through the entire 90 minutes, the then 26-year-old had a good game despite suffering a 3-1 loss. On the ball, he completed five dribbles and all four of the long balls he attempted. In a team less used to having the ball, he was tasked with putting in more of a defensive shift and obliged by making two tackles and two interceptions on the day.

The midfielder is unavailable to play this time around but football.london understand he is back training with West Ham's Under-23s. He will need practice matches before getting back into the side but with two months left in the season, he's running out of time.

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Texas Iron 2:31 Sat Mar 7
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Sullivan's Stupid Signing...

geoffpikey 2:05 Sat Mar 7
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan. No surprise Arteta talks about Wilshere in the past tense ("was'). RIP.

Thanks Alan 1:57 Sat Mar 7
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Wot ted sed

ted fenton 1:51 Sat Mar 7
Re: Saturday newspapers (includes West Ham)
Thanks Alan.

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