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Schwarzer deal close as Fulham eye replacement

Arsenal are closing in on Fulham ‘keeper Mark Schwarzer after the Cottagers opened talks with Hull over bringing in Boaz Myhill as a replacement.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger wants a new first-choice goalkeeper and sees the 37-year-old former Middlesbrough shot-stopper as the ideal replacement for the shaky Manuel Almunia.

Added to that, Arsenal scouts attended Fulham matches at the end of the Premier League season and Wenger has personally attended several of his games in South Africa.

Fulham have already accepted a £3.5 million offer from Arsenal after rejecting a previous £3 million bid, with The Goon Blog suggesting that the Aussie has already thrashed out personal terms and a medical at London Colney.

It is believed that the final chance to play Champions League football is seen as too great an opportunity to turn down for the experienced stopper.

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athlon
athlon
10 years ago

And he got 4 from Germany… We’ll see. But that’s true, Wojciech is too young yet.

Ali
Ali
10 years ago

hi gooner chris,Wenger said that he wants to bring in another defender any news on who that defender might be?.

athlon
athlon
10 years ago

My order: 1. Tasci, 2. Mertesacker, 3. Cahill, 4. Mexes.

Zain
Zain
10 years ago

Wenger said he wants to add one mroe to his defence. This donest mean a defender he could mean a goalkeeper. We’ll have to wait nd see

Clive
Clive
10 years ago

@Ali: he didint say another defender he said another player in the defensive part 😉

L..B..
L..B..
10 years ago

Arsene Wenger said he is not finished spending yet and he will try and sign another defensive player.
IN
Schwarzer £3.5
Vertonghen £6-10
Maybe Melo and Clichy swap

DeiseGooner
DeiseGooner
10 years ago

“We are still on the market for another defensive player because we have the need for one more.”

Someone like Jakielka or Vertoghen who can play DM is a good bet i reckon

Bryan
Bryan
10 years ago

I’m really hoping we don’t waste our money on Schwarzer, in my opinion he is no better than we already have, I’ve never rated him & I have seen him make enough mistakes over the years.
Please if your going to get a new goalkeeper, get a top one not another average one

Aa23 (norwegian gooner)
Aa23 (norwegian gooner)
10 years ago

Rumor has it bruno alves wants to move to one of europes big boyz this summer. I reckon he would command a fee in the region of 12m or 15m. He seems a temperamental character who will get a couple of red cards every season, and maybe that is exactly what we need…With new boy Kochielny and JD in our squad it seems unlikely, but imagine that brute in central defence with Tommy V or our new french-pole Destroyer!

DeiseGooner
DeiseGooner
10 years ago

still totally underwhelmed by schwarzer to be honest i would rather a younger hungrier player ready to make his name

Martin @ thegoonblog.com

Cheers for the link Chris.

Arsenal are also apparently still looking at other options, it looks more and more likely he is going to be coming though.

surfraz
surfraz
10 years ago

ali, the thing is age dnt matter about goalkeeper, e.g casillas 4 real madrid he was the only goal keeper left at the club that was fit, at age 17 they put him in goal from their 13-14 years he became a champion, dispite up and downs evy1 has that.

Icedre218
Icedre218
10 years ago

Check the link from the official website, saying they want another defender.
http://www.arsenal.com/news/news-archive/wenger-we-re-still-on-market-for-a-defender

I thought they would use Nordtveit as the forth choice centre back, but it looks like someone else is coming in. I think we need someone with decent experience. We got Djourou, who hasnt done much in the premier league, Vermaelen has only had one season and Koscelny might take a while to addapt.

I’m sure Schwarzer will be ok. Better than Almunia anyway, and in 2 years Sczcezney will be our number 1.

surfraz
surfraz
10 years ago

the more u play a player thats the way he gona get experience….

The Left Hand Of HENRY
The Left Hand Of HENRY
10 years ago

even havin schawzer as competition to aly could improve the two

Sean
Sean
10 years ago

Please happen! This man is a beast! Great goalie!!!

My Name Is Earl
My Name Is Earl
10 years ago

he’s made loads of mistakes at this world cup along with mistakes against us in last game of season, we need a top goalkeeper that is gona make chesney and mannone fight to get to no 1, not some stop gap that will just let them know that they will be guaranteed number 1 after a year or two..

chris
chris
10 years ago

didnt he make a series of errors in the aussies 3 games at the world cup? i remember him flying out like an idiot for a cross and completely missing it and klose scored. he then messed up again in their last match against serbia i believe. Would rather someone younger.. BUT hes still an improvement on almunia..

Roy
Roy
10 years ago

Everyones entitled to their own opinion, but, I think the Mark S haters don’t know what there talking about. He’s an international keeper who played in a European final last season, with Fulham ffs!! He also won a player of the month award, unlike any Arsenal keeper, ever!!

J-Man
J-Man
10 years ago

If we sign Schwarzer then there’s no hope! Im sorry but how much better is he then Almunia? and he’s never played champions league before in his entire career! a serious lack of ambition if you ask me!
we should get rid of fabianski, almunia as number 2 and sign a quality number 1.

Roy
Roy
10 years ago

Who is this amazing keeper everyones dreaming of? Lloris, Cesar, Neuer, Casillas all made howlers at the world cup and would cost 10 times more than Mark. Mark has Premier league, World AND European experience, so he’s not played in the Champions league, neither has Given or Hart but you’d buy them.
Be realistic people, Almunia should bs number 2 Flapycrapski should be sold and Mark should be left to, er, make his Mark at the club.. Pun intended haha

Sunday
10 years ago

Mark is far better than Alumnia, though he’s not gud enough to be Arsenal’s no 1…We should go for quality goolies like Buffon, or Julio Cesar..

arsenal4ever
arsenal4ever
10 years ago

we need only a short term solution so schwarzer is perfect. vito and tech9 will be our gk for years to come. i see in mannone a young buffon so tech9 reminds me of chech with better reflexes!!!

ste
ste
10 years ago

SCHWARZER IS A QUALITY KEEPER WHO NEVER GETS THE CREDIT HE DESERVES HE WILL BE GREAT 4 ARSENAL EVERY KEEPER MAKES MISTAKES BUT ALMUNIA AND TRASHIANSKI JUST GO 2 FAR ABOUT TIME WE R GETTIN A NEW KEEPER

My Name Is Earl
My Name Is Earl
10 years ago

yea but if they do both turn out to be world class keepers, there’s no way we’ll be able to hold onto both of them coz they wont wanna play second fiddle

Ricky
Ricky
10 years ago

The way most of you speak about schwarzer tells me you’ve not seen much of him.. He’s a very dependable, experienced GK & is also a great shot stopper & imo much better then almunia even if he is 37!! You also gotta remember that its only short term & the guys spent most he’s career playing behind a mid-table/relegation struggling defences & he’s still managed to shine.. My only critiscm of this deal is the price tag for a 37yr old.. (3.5m?? urrfff) imo fulham should thank him for what he’s done for them at he’s age & award… Read more »

Sam
Sam
10 years ago

Its about time Wenger realised we need a good goalkeeper but instead he’s wasting money on buying Schwarzer, who’s no better than Almunia, way too old and slow and who is still carrying a knee injury he got from last september no goalkeepers worth that even on a free. Didnt Wenger see how bad Mark (are you Flapianski in disguise) Schwarzer was in the WC, he missed so many easy saves, he couldnt keep hold of the ball if his gloves were glued to it.If Schwarzers gonna be coaching the younger goalkeepers as well expect more Flapianski’s coming through. Wenger… Read more »

RealityBites
RealityBites
10 years ago

Lord give me strength! ‘Wenger sees him as the ideal replacement’ – more like the cheapest!! Wish he’d spend real money on a top keeper & have Alumunia as no.2 (Fabianski can go back to whatever building site he found him on!)

ah
ah
10 years ago

Sam, you write like a child, you clearly think like a child, fuck me, you must be a child.
You need to go to bed mate, it’s gone 8pm.

Sol
Sol
10 years ago

@Sam: You are retarded. Old and slow? Age isn’t an issue for GKs, just look at Lehmann and VDS. Secondly, which “big name” keeper hasnt had a howler at the WC? Julio Cesar with an absolutely amazing defence in front of him made numerous errors. Nauer flapped at loads of crosses, Casillas made dodgy decisions coming off his line, Stekelenberg let in a pathetic shot from Forlan – all keepers have done average at this tournament. Thirdly, his form for Fulham last season was PHENOMENAL. He was outstanding for them. I would sell Almunia and Fabianski, take the tenner home,… Read more »

Gooner
Gooner
10 years ago

Schwarzer is good (not great) goalkeeper, much better than Almunia. ofcourse we all hoped for a world class goalkeeper but i think we already have one in wojciech Szczesny. Schwarzer number 1 almunia 2 Szczesny 3 (for carling cup matches) mannone should be loaned and fabianski should be sold! or loaned if anybody wants him. and also i believe that the signing of schwarzer would help develop Szczesny into a world class goalkeeper. here is a video of Szczesny if u dont already know him … http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=brPWeQIc4Eo

Sam
Sam
10 years ago

OK Ladies put your handbags down. All Im saying is Arsenal are a top team and should have a top quality goalkeeper. Im sorry but Schwarzer is just not in the same league as VDS, Petr Cech or Pepe Reina and thats the sort of quality we need. Wenger should have brought David Seaman back to coach the young goalkeepers like Szczesny then they would be world class.

am
am
10 years ago

Well if wenger means defensive player refering to only a Goalkeeper then he is a real dickhead.

We have lost four Centre Backs which we had last year. (Senderos, Campball, Gallas and Silvestre) He has bought in one new guy (who no1 has ever heard of spending £10 mil)and he also hopes Djourou can fulfill his promise (unproven player)

We do need a new keeper, but we need 1 if not 2 new centre backs.

Does this also mean that only Spurs want Joe Cole, and that we are out the running?

gooner james
gooner james
10 years ago

i think mark schwarzer is a great buy for 2 years but lets make sure flapianski and almunia are sold they have cost us so many points in the kast couple of years.

take last season were did our title challenge really die – when almunia palmed kevin phillips weak shot into the roof of his own net.

Saheed kadozo
Saheed kadozo
10 years ago

This is a nice transfer

gooner james
gooner james
10 years ago

lets also sign per mertasacker should be avaliable for 12 mil hes 6,5ft and i think with him tv5 koschienly (not sure on the spelling of his name)and djourou
then i think we would be sorted his heght would sort out our problem of free kicks and corners.

only problem is hes german.

true gooner
true gooner
10 years ago

hez a gd keepa but we need a numba1 for da long run so we need da likes of nuer n joe hart

Dave
Dave
10 years ago

Schwatzer is the man! he made a couple mistakes in the whole WC but he also saved so so many goals from beautiful aerial work, shot stopping and control of his area! the cross that klose scored from was a mistake but it was an exceptional run from klose who changed his direction at the last minute! he is class! So many people just think everything is fucked under wenger! watch arsenal dominate the next 10year period (probably with city)! get over yourselves and support your team!

Danny
Danny
10 years ago

This will be the greatest day of all aussie arsenal supporters. Will be buying 3 boy’s shirts as soon as printed.

omo ade
omo ade
10 years ago

that we be very intresting for arsenal if we can sigin him

omo ade
omo ade
10 years ago

that we be so intresting because is stil better that all our goalkeeper

arsenal fan
arsenal fan
10 years ago

schwarzer is a good keeper better than any gk we have at the moment.will help for ur title challenge for atleast 2 yrs hopefully.even VDS joined manu at a age above 35 yrs anyway cant wait to see RVP CHAMAKH ARSHAVIN NASRI FABREGAS(if stays) combo.

Frankie
Frankie
10 years ago

Schwarzer is only a stop gap until the two youngster make the move up Alumnia will go and so will Fabanaski…..
37years old and go into coaching after his time is up and when the youngster make the move for is no 1… you lot wake up please
As a coach can’t be any worse then what there already is.
Wilson was the best goalkeeping coach and when he went the team went downhill as well!

Joe
Joe
10 years ago

Arsene wont sell Almunia or Fabianski because he wont have anyone to cover when Schwarzer is out with his dodgy knee. Schwarzer would be ok if he was free but to pay that much for an injured goalkeeper, who couldnt even pass his medical first time and that will only have 1 and if were lucky maybe 2 seasons left,is a bit over the top. Arsene is also relying too much on his young goalkeeper Szczesny coming through who looks good but could be a bit injury prone, he was out for 6 months because he broke both his arms… Read more »

The Left Hand Of HENRY
The Left Hand Of HENRY
10 years ago

i remember man ure fans saying this 4yrs ago when they bought van der sar from fulham… 3leagues, a champions league and two carling cups later, he’s a legend

damstar
damstar
10 years ago

@arsenal fan….good point u made…VDS joined Man.u from fulham has well wen he was 35….All arsenal need is just that first trophy to end the 5 yrs drought and i believe dat is wat arsene is aiming too…if we can win the next trophy and end the drought, no stopping Arsenal for yrs to come wen it comes to winning trophies….Schwarzer will be a good signing in my opinion and am 100% sure he will lead arsenal to greatness…he will lead us to lift dat barclays championship next season for sure…His experience will put an end to the five years… Read more »

Andy Mack
Andy Mack
10 years ago

Buffon is having a major back operation that even if 100% successful will still mean will not have 100% mobility.
I didn’t see any outstanding goal keepers at the world cup so far. They’ve all had some ‘flappy’ moments. Some of thenames mentioned here are not available as a remotely sensible price. Schwarzer is a good keeper and a step up from Almunia. Be happy!

ya
ya
10 years ago

everyone says that Schwarzer is an idoit and tottaly stupid becuz of some mistakes hes done the wc!

u cant rate any player like this,two three or even five games arent enough either ! arsene and his staff need more than a season to give thier opinoins on a player !

maybe Schwarzer dosent trust his defenders with australia while he does in fulham ! that what gives him some confindnece .. and I thinke thats why he looks crap in SA ..

yazeed

Gooner from Sydney
Gooner from Sydney
10 years ago

All you Schwarzer haters are idiots, this is a man that has single handedly saved Australia and Fulham on numerous occasions, and if you want to bring up the Germany match, the Germans also put 4 past england and Argentina, this guy is pure class, already a hero to me for his Australian heroics, he’ll be another hero for the red and white, you guys have no idea what your talking about

Fan
Fan
10 years ago

Why aren’t we going after Akinfeev???

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