From the back pages, March 13: Wenger risks fan fury as Cazorla, Walcott AND Mertesacker are rested for crunch European showdown with Bayern Munich

Arsene Wenger
Arsene Wenger

Arsene Wenger faces a furious backlash from supporters as he prepares to surrender Arsenal’s Champions League dream against Bayern Munich on Wednesday night (tonight). (Daily Mail)

Arsene Wenger fears Jack Wilshere is at risk of another injury breakdown – akin to the one that kept him out for more than a year – after admitting he may have overplayed the midfielder. (The Express)

Ryan Giggs wants to replace Alex Ferguson as Manchester United boss, according to former team-mate Ole Gunnar Solskjaer. A former Old Trafford star and current manager of successful Norwegian side Molde, Solskjaer, has been linked with the United job himself after launching his coaching career with their reserve team. (The Express)

They reckon Lionel Messi can walk on water in these parts. After the Argentine’s world record 91 goals in a calendar year in 2012, he made claim to the title of best player to ever play the beautiful game. And the Barcelona maestro was the saviour in Catalonia again last night as he twice tip-toed through the AC Milan defence — and in the process trampled all over their Champions League dreams. (The Sun)

Rio Ferdinand has escaped Football Association action after clashing with Fernando Torres during Sunday’s FA Cup tie against Chelsea, but the defender’s new Manchester United team-mate, Wilfried Zaha, faces a suspension for an alleged gesture towards Leeds United supporters. (The Telegraph)

England will await further fitness updates on the second-rows Joe Launchbury and Geoff Parling before confirming their XV for Saturday’s Six Nations finale against Wales, billed as “the ultimate test” by their backs coach, Andy Farrell. The 21-year-old Launchbury hyperextended an elbow against Italy while Parling has a bruised shoulder and neither player could train on Tuesday. (The Telegraph)

Reading are drawing up a shortlist of candidates to replace Brian McDermott as manager after his dismissal on Monday. (The Independent)

The world’s leading football clubs are to be offered enormous financial inducements to participate in a 24-team tournament every two years in Qatar and neighbouring Gulf states, The Times has learnt. (The Times)