12
Aug

Almunia expected to start league opener despite Schwarzer interest


Written by Chris Wheatley

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will play Manuel Almunia in goal against Liverpool this Sunday, despite Mark Schwarzer’s urgency to push through a move to the Emirates before the new-season begins.

The 37-year-old has been linked with a move to North London and former boss Roy Hodgson was ready to let him go until he himself left for Anfield.

Arsenal had bid £2 million for Schwarzer but at the time Fulham were holding out for twice that amount.

However, new boss Mark Hughes has told Schwarzer that he cannot leave Craven Cottage and the Australian looks set to formally ask Fulham for a transfer.

“I need it to happen, said Schwarzer, who believes it’s his last chance to join a big club with his 38th birthday looming. 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.”

“I have never sat out a game [to prove a point] and never would,” Schwarzer said. “But it needs to be resolved sooner rather than later.

“I’m not sure whether I’ll play [for Fulham] on the weekend. I’ve got a few little injury problems but we’ll have to wait and see how I pull up when I return to London.”

“It’s taken a long time and the season’s very close,” he admitted. “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.”

Despite having one of the best clean sheet to games ratio in Arsenal’s history – 66 from 161 games – most Gooners don’t want to see him as the Gunners’ no.1 ‘keeper this season.

How do you feel about Almunia playing on Sunday? Our latest poll suggests that signing a new goalie is vital if Arsenal are to challenge for major honours.

Leave your views on the goalkeeping situation in the comments section below.


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Neo
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Neo
5 years 11 months ago

How far we have come as fans, from demanding a world class goalkeeper, to settling for one that is only marginally better than the one we have and is 5 years older!!!!

Depressing 2 be excited by that!!!

Murt
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Murt
5 years 11 months ago

Hughes, the piece of s***, would deny him the move just to spite Wenger.

Adebayor
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Adebayor
5 years 11 months ago

Interesting

chris
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chris
5 years 11 months ago

wengers trying to do it on the cheap again evidently, hes gonna use him as a stopgap, then hope in 2 years that he can promote chezzers or mannone as number 1 and therefore not have to buy anyone expensive. classic scrooge

Don
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Don
5 years 11 months ago

If anyone cant see that MS is better than the two clowns we have already i suggest you take a look at last seasons DVD and see how many mistakes the two clowns made between them.Schwarzer 1 Chesney 2 Almunia and Flappy out the door

Ario
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Ario
5 years 11 months ago

It’s actually a good tactic if you ask me, if Schwarzer is equal to Almunia in terms of ability, he’s just a less error prone version. If Almunia didn’t make stupid mistakes there’d be no problem with him.

wags
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wags
5 years 11 months ago
Cant speak for every1 but im extremely p***ed off that YET again were bargain basement hunting, even then are we even?, is this more bo****s to make us think that things are being done to strengthen the team. I dont think we need to throw away lots of money for the sake of it, but god damn it we need help and we need it fast. This is guna be another long fruitless year. Any1 for a hammering on sunday. Maybe he could put those 2 QUALITY fools in goal, 7 defenders, 1 in the middle and 1 up front.… Read more »
Rock
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Rock
5 years 11 months ago
I honestly believe theres something in Reina to Arsenal, something strong. Why the hell would liverpool invest in a back up keeper in Brad Jones? they’ve got Cavalieri and Itanje, so it’s just adding to their already thread bare wage bill. They’re skint so it doesn’t make sense for them to sign Jones for 2.5m and place him as back up. Don’t understand why suddenly that’s a priority. Very odd. Another thing is, Why would Jones move knowing he’ll be back up to one of the best keepers in the league, when he can be playing first team footy at… Read more »
lukychmz
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lukychmz
5 years 11 months ago

were f***ed plain and simple, just trying to guess how many points this clown and his sidekick will cost the team this year, I think it was 15 last year. Looks like a painful season ahead

ali
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ali
5 years 11 months ago

a keeper is a must,Will schwarzer definatly sign before the 31st?

jose reyes
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jose reyes
5 years 11 months ago

i heared scharzer is having a medical at the moment but i wanted hart or given but i suppose anyone is better than alumnia and flapianski

ali
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ali
5 years 11 months ago

jose reyes

whats your source?

Tom Gordon
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Tom Gordon
5 years 11 months ago

We’re after John Burridge for keeper. He’s 59 in December and looking for a one year deal before retiring.

Rock
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Rock
5 years 11 months ago

I doubt Schwarzer will sign, the guy admitted to having injury problems at the moment in his interview with the aussie daily tel.

I refuse to believe we’ll sign an injured, 37 year old keeper. In the immortal words of Assen Vengeurr, “No Janze”.

The Fan
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The Fan
5 years 11 months ago

I’d rather have almunia.

Schwarzer isn’t better. He makes gaffes too and when he joins a club like arsenal, he will be scrutinized.

taylor
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taylor
5 years 11 months ago

Ray Parlour convinced Schwarzer is happening

lee
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lee
5 years 11 months ago

ray parlour is convinced him and schwarzer are getting it on.

GoonerDareMKD
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GoonerDareMKD
5 years 11 months ago

Wtf barca agreed deal with pool for marcherano 15 mil plus Hleb to pool, he hated england and the weather and now he is going ti pool. hleb you are disgrace !

Skeemz
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Skeemz
5 years 11 months ago

F*** schwarzer, bring in given

Gooner
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Gooner
5 years 11 months ago

If anyone thinks that almunia is better then schwarzer then he should look at the last season games against man city, spuds, liverpool away, barcelona (yes he did have a good game but the first goal was his fault), and chelsea home/away. also nani’s goal is just plain stupid. schwarzer got player of the month a couple of times last season and he IS MUCH better than almunia.

Stu
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Stu
5 years 11 months ago

Schwarzer’s a stopgap until Chesney or Vito have sufficient experience to step up and be the No. 1. He’ll likely transition to the coaching staff in a couple of years, so it’s not just a player but a coach we are looking at.

puppyguts
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puppyguts
5 years 11 months ago

sharzer is a top quality keeper with 2-3 seasons left in him perfect choice for arsenal

Monkey
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Monkey
5 years 11 months ago
Its ridiculous, were at such a low that we actually see this as a positive move!? Yes i’d put my dog in goal ahead of ‘The Waiter’ but jeeeeeesus christ people, were easily top 10 european team, aim a little higher!! If we all stopped considering this as a viable option and showed a little more disgust then maybe Wenger would too!! DISGUSTINGLY PATHETIC COP OUT ARSENE, clearly your doing this coz its temporary and the plan is to put 1 of these poles between the sticks eventually but you dont coach defence so how the f**k do you expect… Read more »
pete
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pete
5 years 11 months ago

some people are so stupid… if you watch football you would know Mark Schwarzer has been one of the main reasons for Fulhams change in fortunes..
he is a class act.. experienced and can win matches like he has done numerous times for Fulham.. it makes perfect sense… Chesney will only have to wait a few years..he is world class…

Get a grip everyone and get behind the team and Wenger..

Red Jimmy
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Red Jimmy
5 years 11 months ago

Anyone who says Almunia is good let me say Bentley from 40 yards,Ronaldo from 40 yards and Rose from 40 yards.Plus Man U,Man city and Birmingham last season.The guy is shit and shouldnt be at a great club like ours.only Wenger would pick this clown.We want Given or Friedel

Begeegs
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Begeegs
5 years 11 months ago

Schwartzer is exactly the kind of keeper that we need for a couple of seasons. I don’t get the people who think that we are going to bid big money for Reina or Buffron, etc when we have Chesney and Mannone coming through.

Schwartzer is commanding and looked poor with Australia because the aussies have a weak team. He’s a good keeper for a couple of seasons.

kc
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kc
5 years 11 months ago
Rock, I think you might be on to something there. I thought the same thing when I heard pool were bringin in another GK at a 2.5 million price tag. Why would a cash strapped team pay that much for a back-up keeper?! I instantly thought about Reina to Arsenal when I heard this news as well. Probly dreaming here but what if pool already agreed on the sale but won’t let the move go thru until after the opener? It would make sense and would explain why it seems AW is dragging his feet after stating he didn’t have… Read more »
elbow
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elbow
5 years 11 months ago

Get over yourselves Reina is not coming to Arsenal.The reason Liverpool are signing Brad Jones is because he comes under the bracket of “Home Grown” (came through Boro’s youth system) which at the moment Liverpool are struggling to meet the criteria for this.Arsene Wenger would never spend that amount of money on any outfield player never mind a goalkeeper!!!

Rock
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Rock
5 years 11 months ago
tennis elbow thinking with a closed mind i see. You seem to forget Weng is going into the last year of his contract, and with no guarantees he’ll extend, he may splash the cash ‘for the right player’ this time round. The money is there. Obviously he’s not going to spend 25m for Reina. He wants the title just as much as all of us and if Reina was available for anything between 10-15 mill from liverbroke then I can see him getting his man. Same goes for a defender. He knows how close we are to being a major… Read more »
frankie
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frankie
5 years 11 months ago
@wags: Apart from RvP’s injury I enjoyed last year, until we ran into an in-form Barca. Tanked after that with all the injuries. I hated 1999. That was a fruitless year. All that hope and excitement and expectation only to lose in semi finals and finals. Ah well, footie, eh? Oh, what’s that? You actually can control everything? That’s great news! In that case Arsene clearly knows fu** all and we should get that better manager, not Mourinho, all the other better managers and then it won’t ever be long and fruitless again and I’ll never have to think that… Read more »
American Gooner
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American Gooner
5 years 11 months ago

want schwarzer for us. sickened by barca borrowing money just to buy more players. that doesnt show a well-run club just a team that owns the spanish banks. bringing in villa and mascherano when you cant pay your own players’ wages? sickening.

montego gunner
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montego gunner
5 years 11 months ago

i have been a arsenal fan for six years now i never realy remember at the start
of a season where every body want a keeper this bad. will “flappyany” ever come good maybe but just not at arsenal.
i will support whoever is in our goal and all real gunner should do the same please.

i realy hope arsenal will comeback to the state like thay did a few years
back[columbia sc best day of my life]

true gunner real fan
arsenal for life]

j
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j
5 years 11 months ago
im an proud arsenal fan and i hate reading what the majority of u so called arsenal fans on here actually think! its crazy! u r scum, absoulutely disgraceful fans! some of u act like f***ing spoilt brats! u really dont know or understand how good u got it being a gooner!! 1 guy on here was complaining about his season ticket…wtf!!..at least u have a season ticket! i would love to be in your position! if u dont want it then i will gladly take it off your hands! every time i have been lucky enough to go to… Read more »
ya
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5 years 11 months ago

if any1 thinks almunia should stay hes either a bliand or a spuds fan in disguise.. how in the god u want him to stay between the posts. hes totally scrwed or season. I bet on my life once our game against scousers starts u all guyz will put ur hands on ur hart..!!

LUCAS HAS THE BALL HE SHOTS WWWOOOW WHAT A GOAL FROM 45 YEARDS.. JUST THAT SIMPLE!!

ARSENE !! WHAT ON THE GOD U R DOIN RIGHT NOW 🙁
🙂

Lewis
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Lewis
5 years 11 months ago

Schwarzer is a top quality keeper, he took Fulham to the final of the UEFA Cup last year. He was also responsible for Australia’s historic qualification to the 2006 World Cup when he made two huge saves in a penalty shootout against Uruguay. He also made crucial saves throughout Australia’s last world cup qualification campaign.

He would be worlds better than anything we have, the fans would quickly fall in love with him.

George
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George
5 years 11 months ago
An Arsenal fan should ultimately have the club’s best interests in mind. I think it is all right to praise your team when they have a good match and equally justifiable to criticize them when they played poorly. Of course, abuse should never ever be in the equation. But criticizing for the good of the club I feel should be allowed. I bet Wenger reprimands the team all the time when we lose, although he never showed it in public. We should rally on our team during the entire 90min, but if they put on a poor performance then we… Read more »
salu
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5 years 11 months ago

MS was brilliant last season we should sign him

WillyG
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WillyG
5 years 11 months ago

Ideally we should try 2m for Schwarzer and loan them Chezney.That would be perfect.The main thing about Schwarzer is he commands his area which none of our Gk`s can do(Almunia and Fabianski

chris
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chris
5 years 11 months ago

schwarzer is a good solid keeper just not world class, and i think being a top 8 european club means you should have one..every other top club does.. still, anyones better than fabianski (including almunia) so if we could make schwarzer 1, almunia 2, chezzers 3, loan out mannone and fabianski

ole
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ole
5 years 11 months ago
Well two days to go!! Don`t get me wrong I love AW and Arsenal. If it hadn`t been for wenger the last 13 years things would have been much different and probably in a negative direction. But we are heading towards the new season with a number one gk that the manager dosen`t belive in, that is great man managment!!! Very dissapointing from our manager! And we also need a seriouse big strong defender soon. Cahill is all that and english as well!! Maybe even Shako from PSG but he is young, maybe too young;( Anyways it gonna be exiting… Read more »
desperado
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desperado
5 years 11 months ago

we are not going to win anything this season if we dont sign a better stopper than what we have..Schwarzer is very reliable so its better if we sign him.

Pollhater
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Pollhater
5 years 11 months ago

Poland 0 – Cameroon 3.

About 1min 20 secs you see Cameroons first goal against Flappy

Goonerpower
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Goonerpower
5 years 11 months ago

He is slightly injured so even if he came he couldn’t play this week.

WillyG
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WillyG
5 years 11 months ago

Fulham won`t sell said that c*** Mark Hughes.What a selfish piece of s…..
It was ok for him to go from one club to another but he does not want this for a 38yr old who never played champions league football.

gooner
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gooner
5 years 11 months ago
heres question 4 u all if almunia was sold and stayed in the premeirship would he get in to any of the top ten teams no because we are the only team with a sh** keeper so no one can say he is a quailty keeper fine back up keeper but the amount of mistakes hes made over the last 3 years is crazy think about almunia has never had a quailty whole game in the big games [apart from man u champs lge and barc]and to everyone who says ms is sh** are so wrong hes an international seasoned… Read more »
arseneman
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arseneman
5 years 11 months ago

Most of the ppl on here are spoilt brats, totally agree with j. I’m happy to wait til our younger keepers come good. Support wenger and the team and stop acting like my 5 year old son.

TW
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TW
5 years 11 months ago
we are doomed thanks to wengers insistence on keeping and playing manuel from fawlty towers and fabianski, ive completely lost all faith in WENGER, not ARSENAL.. this man is completely limiting this club to 3/4th place finishes at best because of his stingy ways..im so sick of it. 1 unknown cb with 1 top flight in him in france and a striker who looks the part to be fair but should have come last season when we needed him even more.. i love arsenal and its hurting me to see us lose because of the inept duo of idiots who… Read more »
ilya
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ilya
5 years 11 months ago
U know guys I feel like every one of my posts is essentially reiterating the same points. the point is- Stop being a bunch of complaining b***es “Arsenal fans!” I’m a Ukrainian living in America and Arsenal has been my favorite club since i first started playing futbol when I was 6 years old, I’m 23 now and only recently started going on blogs last year, as my arsenal addiction overrode my opinion that blogging is gay like facebook. My point is that its so embarassing and infuriating reading certain comments from people that are supposed to have a common… Read more »
ilya
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ilya
5 years 11 months ago

*common interest with me not in me lol:)

arseneman
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arseneman
5 years 11 months ago

Great post Ilya. I have friends that are tottenham fans that are more optimistic about them winning the prem than some of our ‘fans’ are about us winning it. It’s a damn shame.

I believe wenger will buy a cb and maybe a keeper, but if he doesn’t it won’t mean we won’t win anything and are crap. Keep the Faith. Trust wenger.

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