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Schwarzer Begs For Arsenal Chance

Schwarzer Begs For Arsenal Chance

Fulham keeper Mark Schwarzer has pleaded with his club to let him get his preferred move across London after it was rumoured the Gunners bid for the stopper had been rejected.

The Austrailian goalkeeper has been one of Wenger's targets this summer as he looks to provide goalkeeping experience whist at the same time not interrupting the progression of what Wenger called 'the future Arsenal number one' in the form of Wojciech Szczesny, and Schwarzer fits the bill pretty well.

Following the bid from Arsenal, Schwarzer has expressed his desire for a move to Ashburton Grove.

'I need it to happen,' Schwarzer said in an Austrailian paper

'I've had a couple of chats with Mark Hughes. It's delicately poised. Who wouldn't be keen to go to Arsenal? At this stage in my career it's an amazing opportunity to play at that level and one I really want to take.'

'It's taken a long time and the season's very close. On one hand you understand them not wanting to disrupt too many things but I want things resolved as quickly as possible.'

'Only time will tell whether that happens or not.'

At 37 years of age, this is probably Schwarzer's last chance at a shot at Champions League football and a genuine crack at some silverware. Debate still rages in blogosphere as to whether he is even an improvement on what we already have.

Personally I'd say he'd be a marked improvement on the current shaky Fabianski, and would have in his locker everything Almunia has on show with the added exception that he'd be something new who could bring some confidence from his defenders that is seemingly lacking from Arsenal's current array of keepers.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Friday August 13 2010
Time: 8:36AM


I've always thought he was a bit crap. I felt a couple of years ago at Fulham he was decent, but now he's a crap keeper who is getting on for past it. I don't usually know enough about Wenger's signings to judge, but I have to say, this is the first time I can remember knowing that we were in for someone and being desperate for us not to sign him.
Little Dutch
13/08/2010 08:42:00
At the very most he might be more reliable back up to Almunia than Fabianski has been. Much ado about not very much. If he joins as first choice at the beginning of the season he's unlikely to be first choice by the end. It's a Mart Poom type buy for me.
13/08/2010 08:48:00
Hmmm, I'd take him over what we have now most definately. Both Almunia and Fabianski are emotional wrecks, one little mistake and they're f****d for weeks. Neither inspire confidence from their defenders which leads, in my opinion, to the defenders making mistakes because they don't trust the stoppers to do their jobs.
13/08/2010 08:49:00
Yeah, I rate Schwarzer as he is reliable, technically sound and commands his area whilst barking at the back four constantly. Fair enough, he's not my ideal choice, but with Anfield looming on Sunday, I'll take anyone other than Almunia / Fabianski. Even if we just get 1 or 2 seasons out of him it's a bonus. He will bring an end to all the mistakes and howlers that have been regularly made, and will be a great coach in the end for Szczesny.
Cockney Rich
13/08/2010 09:01:00
I think the emotional wreckage is mainly among the supporters. Both Almunia and Fabianski seem to recover from errors reasonably well. Even after his bloopers in the Porto and Wigan games Fabianski made good saves in both games. If we can sign someone clearly better then we should go for it but this is just someone different. That maybe reason enough to bring him in if we can't get anyone better on the same principle that signing Linighan made Steve Bould impossible to leave out of the side.
13/08/2010 09:01:00
Confidence is a fragile thing at the best of times and something that's been missing in our defense for a couple of years now. The fact is Schwarzer is better than what we have and offers a short term solution to the eventual number 1 that Wenger doesn't want to hinder. Add to that the psychological lift it would definitely give the squad and the defense, then this transfer makes perfect sense for Arsenal. Yes he may not be world class but he is better than our other keepers and I'll take that over nothing!!
13/08/2010 09:02:00
Amos > " Almunia and Fabianski seem to recover from errors reasonably well ". Yes mate, they probably do actually, but they still continue to make the SAME errors in DIFFERENT games. Schwarzer will give the back four confidence in their goalkeeper, and that's what they've been missing.
Cockney Rich
13/08/2010 09:07:00
I think that's just it, Schwarzer is just someone different. An upgrade on Fabianski now but Schwarzer makes more errors than Almunia does (remember Arshavin's goal against him last season, Almunia would have been chased out of the stadium for that). I don't think Almunia's confidence has gone, I just get the impression he knows he's not long for the club and is a bit annoyed. I could kind of understand moving for Schwarzer if we had had a few other targets refused and this was a last minute thing, but that we've been chasing him all summer makes me a bit sad. If Wenger cannot identify decent goalkeepers perhaps it's time he called on the advice of someone that can?
Little Dutch
13/08/2010 09:09:00
LD - I don't know how true the rumours were, but if we did have a bid for Reina rejected it shows Wenger was doing something to bring in a top class stopper. I mean, as far as I'm aware neither Arsenal, Liverpool or Reina refuted the story so it is possible. I can't agree with Amos that they both recover from mistakes well. I don't think I've seen two more nervous keepers in my life, Wenger even admitted to Almunia being a nervous wreck before matches .... doesn't exactly instill confidence does it.
13/08/2010 09:15:00
And that's the problem, because it's flippin contagious and affects the overall play when under pressure. How many times do we see the defense in a panic when the ball comes bouncing in? +++++++++ does Fabianski even have a voice? I've never seen this guy scream at the defense!!
13/08/2010 09:36:00
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