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The Only Person Unsettling Schwarzer, Is Hughes

The Only Person Unsettling Schwarzer, Is Hughes

Mark Hughes claims Arsenal could be trying to disrupt Fulham goalkeeper, Mark Schwarzer as the Welshman reports the Gunners have made a second, albeit identical, offer for the Austrailian stopper.

Reports have been made that the Red and White side of North London have lodged bids for Fulham's number 1 as we attempt to solidify our back line.

Hughes claims, 'Mark is aware of the interest of Arsenal. That knowledge is distracting and disruptive. It's not at all inevitable he will leave. We wouldn't encourage an improved bid.'

'There wasn't an improved offer from Arsenal - it was exactly the same one that was put forward in May. The situation hasn't moved on. There's been contact but no improved offer.

'I don't know if Arsenal are trying to disrupt him. There are many things clubs, players and agents do to unsettle players.'

First of all I will say this, if Fulham say they are not entertaining bids for the keeper, then considering our stance over Cesc Fabregas in the summer then it would be in our best interests to walk away now and search elsewhere. Hypocrisy is not a pretty trait, especially after the extreme measures we went to this summer to ensure Cesc's services for at least another season.

With that out of the way, I'd like to point out the big gaping flaw in Mark Hughes logic. For Arsenal to be attempting to unsettle the player we would have to have publicly and consistently fluttered our eyelashes at Schwarzer, yet the only time Arsenal and Schwarzer are mentioned in the same sentence from any official sources are when Hughes opens his trap to talk about it, so only one person is responsible if Schwarzer is unsettled.

If lodging a bid is to be considered unsettling a player, then every transfer in the history of the game is tainted with it.

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Date:Friday August 20 2010
Time: 7:24PM


Timeline of events. Arsenal make bid. Fulham say no. Arsenal go away. Schwarzer makes transfer request. Arsenal make bid. Hughes is simply trying to get the price up, otherwise there would be no need for him to keep blabbering about it. Our problem over the summer wasn't Barca making bids- they're entitled to make as many bids as they like. It was the "noise."
Little Dutch
20/08/2010 19:33:00
Exactly LD - Arsenal staff or players haven't said anything regarding the transfer. We've acted appropriately other wise Hughes would have cause for complaint. And if he had cause we know fine well he'd be straight on the blower to the PL/FA to get Wenger in bother. No, he's just talking s*** as usual.
20/08/2010 19:43:00
Infact, looking at Wenger's comments today, we could acuse Hughes of unsettling Almunia. We had no intention of going public, but Hughes' constant babbling now has Almunia saying he's going to leave if someone else comes in.
20/08/2010 19:46:00
Agree that we haven't "unsettled" Schwarzer but you're all ignoring the basic ridiculous point: WE CAME BACK WITH THE SAME FKG BID, ffs! We insult Fulham and Sevilla with pathetically ridiculous bids, going back to Fulham with the same pathetic cheapskate bid, wasting time while our own keepers are unsettled by all the speculation and news reports that we're bidding for keepers. Geezus f krist, it's less than ONE FKG MILLION MORE we're talking about, not 10 million. So the saga goes on and on and on and Almunia goes into his early season games unsure as to his position. Great management. It's ludicrous that this doesn't end - the player wants to leave, we supposedly want him but we can't even offer a half-decent bid for him. I know Fulham need a replacement for him and that's part of their reluctance to sell but we DO have some money to work with. Goalkeeping is our most vulnerable area and it's ludicrous that 2 wks before the end of the season we're looking only at a keeper who's just slightly better than Almunia and we're too damned cheap to offer a reasonable bid for him.
20/08/2010 20:13:00
Right on the money Rocky. The only person to make this public is Hughes. Hodgson kept the May offer under wraps and Arsenal went away. The only reason for Hughes to make it public at the time he did in the manner he did was to invite another offer. Having responded to the invitation the only reason for Hughes to publicly reveal details of that second offer is to invite another higher offer. That he is doing so has nothing to do with the interests of the player. If we wish the offer to stand the appropriate response is to tell him that the bid is reduced by 5% with each day that passes until the window closes or, if we haven't already done so that we are ending any interest in the player.
20/08/2010 20:22:00
For a 37 year old past his best, which was never more than average at best, a few weeks short of his 38th birthday with one year of a contract left, outside the protected period, that will end closer to his 39th birthday - £2m is a ridiculously generous figure.
20/08/2010 20:28:00
When Barcelona tap up your players, they're subjected to all manner of recrimination and villification. When you do it to others, its their fault. I have to say, the tone of some of these articles is getting ever the stranger. Its as if the editors scour the daily news columns in the hopes of picking up any whiff of anti-Arsenal sentiment. If there isn't any, its created out of thin air. Fulham don't want to lose their keeper, and all this hassle is very unsettling for him. If Arsenal wanted him, why don't they make a bid and take him? The basic flaw in this article is the blind assumption that Arsenal always play fair, because you support them. Oh please, pull the other one, its got bells. Football is a business and Arsenal are very clearly making noises behind closed doors with the players agent and the player himself. Arsenal are ruthless, exploiting corporation who count on your blind support in order to flex the rules of the game. This, i'm afraid, is how the world really works.
Tony Rocky Horror
20/08/2010 20:50:00
Arsenal are a ruthless*
Tony Rocky Horror
20/08/2010 20:52:00
Errrr, we did make a bid for him numbnuts. Twice. We've not said anything public on Schwarzer. Every time the manager has been invited, he's refused.
Little Dutch
20/08/2010 21:03:00
Although you haven't used the press to unsettle Schwartzer and even when directly quizzed in his press conference Wenger pretty much only answered the critisism from Hughes, I do think coming in with the exact same offer rejected months earlier knowing it would be rejected again is not as innocent as you claim. Although to compare that to Barcelona is...well typical Hughes
20/08/2010 21:16:00
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