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Schwarzer: "I'm biding my time waiting for things to happen"

Fulham shot stopper Mark Schwarzer has spoken about his pending move to Arsenal, admitting that he’s “waiting for things to happen”.

Manager Arsene Wenger has been chasing the 37-year-old Australia keeper all summer but two separate offers have been rejected.

And despite Manuel Almunia’s comfortable performance in the 2-1 win at Blackburn, Wenger believes he needs a new goalkeeper to sustain a credible title challenge.

“I’m biding my time waiting for things to happen and then I’ll be on move – if you see what I mean,” Schwarzer was quoted as saying on Sunday night.

Meanwhile, Cottagers boss Mark Hughes also seems to be softening his stance, saying after Saturday’s draw with Blackpool:

“Mark Schwarzer has made it clear that he would like to go to Arsenal so we are trying to look at other options.”

The fact that the Gunners have reportedly increased their offer from £2.5m to £3m might also have made Hughes sway towards letting Schwarzer go.

A busy transfer deadline day is expected tomorrow with coverage on both the blog and Twitter, so stay tuned.

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damstar
damstar
11 years ago

shay given is the key.

Safari
Safari
11 years ago

I kinda feel sad for Al but hope he stays

Gooner4life&beyond
Gooner4life&beyond
11 years ago

Give up on Given and he isn’t the key anyway.

damstar
damstar
11 years ago

i mean he is the key if we gonna get MS. if fulham cant get any replacement, then we are stalk with almunia…i read that the fulham medical team was evaluating shay given shoulder yesterday. if he is cleared by the medical team, then we getting MS

lexy
lexy
11 years ago

Given is the key means, without the Shay Given deal accepted by Manc city with Fulham, there is no deal for schwarzer deal with arsenal.

bo khaled
bo khaled
11 years ago

Shwarzer or Given both is better than almunia … we have problem with almunai

in long ball .. i hope we will sign any one

arsenal4ever
arsenal4ever
11 years ago

http://twitter.com/thegoonblog

this guy is pretty sure about it!!!

alf15
alf15
11 years ago

Yeah feel bad for Almunia, he seems like such a top bloke! Shame he cant catch a cross to save his life! Hopefully he will accept being no. 2 and flappyski can flap off somewhere into the sunset 🙂

wayne
wayne
11 years ago

Am I right in believing Stockdale has become injured? This had better not affect any potential deal with MS. Hopefully Hughes can get someone else so we can get MS…the saga continues!

eoin
eoin
11 years ago

john cross said this twitter

Jason
Jason
11 years ago

I think I said this two weeks ago
and as for the situation it should be resolved today since Given is in London and twitter is buzzing with that and Schwarzer deal can be done as soon as that’s done

lexy
lexy
11 years ago

I am still suprise on WHY Wenger will value height more the quality. Shay Given (QUALITY) is way way better and solid than Schwarzer(HEIGHT), but Wenger will just not go for him (Given) cos of his “cheap deal stuff” and the fact that he rated Schwarzer highly cos of his price. Forget about Man city not selling to a club in top four. If Arsenal and Given pushed for it (Transfer), it will happen. There is nothing they can do about it! This is just my opinion.

trackback
11 years ago

[…] expectativa de que o cada vez mais improvável negócio com Mark Schwarzer se concretize. Novamente ele disse na noite desse domingo (segundo informação de John Cross, do The Mirror) que está esperando o tempo passar para ver o […]

Jason
Jason
11 years ago

@alf15:
why do we need to sell him
why not have a competition for places as a GK
if he’s good enough he can stay no.1 if not then move over and let schwarzer show you how to do it

TC
TC
11 years ago

Almunia man of the match against Blackburn???? LOL What match were you watching? He had a pretty good game for a change admittedly. Can’t wait to get rid of the clown, and his buddy Flappy, together they are the worst keepers in the Premiership.

Don
Don
11 years ago

We would sign Given but City wont sell to a rival.Would we sell TV to City of course not.Schwarzer is better than Almunia.Those talking about almunia playing well at Blackburn are forgetting the last 3 years of Almunia.When he has too many mistakes

abdirashid
11 years ago

waaaaaaaaw l cant wait to see mark at arsenal every body knows his quality to one can beat him any more and say almunia by

lexy
lexy
11 years ago

I will take Schwarzer any day instead of Almunia. With RESPECT to Almunia, I think he is suited for clubs like Stoke, Blackpool, Fulham, Tottenham etc and not Arsenal. Arsenal is a big big club with big players. You will have to be performing day in day out to be call Number 1… sorry mate u just have to go second or to another club..

david
david
11 years ago

I’m still surprised WHY people keep up about Wenger not wanting Shay Given, I for one do not thing Wenger doesn’t rate or that it has anything to do with cost. I think it’s more to do with Man City not willing to sell or loan to a team directly chasing and competing with them, they have unlimited wealth (Craig Bellamy not being allowed to go tiny tots or any other team challenging for top 4, – they are even paying 90% of his wages at Cardiff), Chelsea are the same about not improving your rivals, when have money on… Read more »

micheal
micheal
11 years ago

@lexy
you say Arsenal is a club for big players and you want Schwarzer? That shows deperation my friend. On a good day Almunia is better than Schwarzer just he isn’t consistent enough, but I don’t mind Schrawzer coming in just hope Al doesn’t leave.

maroof
maroof
11 years ago

All you people are sad, mark schwarzer is good, but not good enough, £3million for a 37 year old? thats too much money, why dont we try for palop of sevilla or Helton of FC Porto, thier really good goalkeepers, theyve got a good hieght

Gooner4life&beyond
Gooner4life&beyond
11 years ago

Oh, sorry Damstar. Yeah, you are right it seems. Though we sold them two players, they don’t seem willing to let Given come to us (I thought they might before they came out with their statement of not selling to rivals). Anyone still pining for Given should let it go.

My Name Is Earl
My Name Is Earl
11 years ago

any chance of anyone else other than a gk? or is that just wishful thinking lol

lee
lee
11 years ago

iv read alot of articles on various blogs saying how everyone is backing almunia has our number 1.This after one good performance against blackburn.Come the next game if he makes an error everyone will be on his back again.

chris
chris
11 years ago

it is clear wenger wants a premier league experienced keeper who is pretty consistent week in week out, has some presence, speaks english etc etc.. schwarzer ticks all these

armagharsenal
armagharsenal
11 years ago

Really dont think Schwarzer is any better than what we have. We need to go and spend big money on an experienced world class keeper..

silent stan
silent stan
11 years ago

@lexy:

he said given wages too high, plus city have said they will not sell to top 4 rival

Afc kings
Afc kings
11 years ago

Does anyone know about this Traore to juventus deal in player plus 11 million for melo?????

Rock
Rock
11 years ago

Given as much as i’d love it to happen, it won’t, let’s just get behind mark as we all know THAT’ll happen.

Technically I don’t feel he’s better than almunia, but if there is to be a positive out of this move, it’s that he is a lot more vocal and much more of an organiser than any of our other shrinking violet keepers.

Btw Armand Traore’s Juve move in the balance as Birmingham have come in for him.

Arsenalisto
Arsenalisto
11 years ago

As of now I feel bad for Almunia after his performance at Blackburn, it probably came a little too late. I always thought Almunia can be class if he pushes himself a little more & be more consistent and that’s probably why AW have waited on him so long. On Arsenal-mania, an article was saying Almunia is finally coming good coz now he has 2 smart, and good in the air CBs in-front of him. It’s confusing, but probably the best option right now and to be in the safe side is to get Schwarzer, make Almunia 2nd & loan… Read more »

My Name Is Earl
My Name Is Earl
11 years ago

11 mill plus traore for melo lol? where ya get that from lol

Arsenalisto
Arsenalisto
11 years ago

@Afc kings: That would be a dream having 3 strong CDM (Song, Melo, & Diaby) but at least one of them will be wasted on the bench, especially after it looks like Diaby is coming good this season.

Rock
Rock
11 years ago

no way will we get melo, wenger knows only way wilshere will get games is if we don’t sign another central midfielder.

still think we need another striker, van persie’s news been confirmed. out for weeks, and bendtner is showing no signs of improvement. we can’t rely on not having injuries at crucial stages of the season.

American Gooner
American Gooner
11 years ago

were not getting a world class keeper, so if this is the best we can do, i am fine with it. better than almunia, frankly. still, not sure man city will allow given to leave. seems like it is all hanging in the balance still.

fraster
fraster
11 years ago

I’m very worry about our lack of CB’s for this season: if TV5 or Kos’ have injuries (quite possible in a “physical” league), whose are our replacements? we will have real worries during the season if we don’t sign experienced defenders, rather than a good GK. I still dream with a very talented and versatile GK for our beloved team, we deserve it, Chel$$$ki have gr8 Cech, ManU have master van der Sar, and us…5 years with “unpredictable” keepers…. I would buy another MS (from Holland), but, if we will buy this MS (from Australia), surely we can have a… Read more »

My Name Is Earl
My Name Is Earl
11 years ago

van persie out for several weeks, grrrrrrrrrrrrr

Michael
Michael
11 years ago

Mark rules, don’t worry! I prefer Fabianski to go instead of Almunia, I feel Manuel is loyal enough to be our second choice and he knows very well why he must be.

Dan
Dan
11 years ago

Great… I can hardly contain my excitement about seeing this soon to be 38-year-old with a dodgy knee and back between our sticks!!!

Yawn!!!

I’d rather Wenger saved the £8m that this guy will cost us in fees and wages and kept Almunia in goal.

Will
Will
11 years ago

I feel sorry for Almunia too but he should stay so we have 2 quality keepers ready to start right now.

Gee
Gee
11 years ago

It is silly to feel sorry for Almunia. The truth is he is just not good enough at this level and we’ve already seen that in the first 2 games of this season. There are few common threads which exist amongst all of the teams that have won the premiership, but the most obvious one is that there has always been a top drawer keeper giving the back 4 confidence. Think about how much confidence the defence had in the keeper when the Mighty Arsenal won the PL and its true for Chelski and Manure when those scumbags won. For… Read more »

top gun
top gun
11 years ago

Does”nt anybody keep up Given staying put, deal over

Jimmy
Jimmy
11 years ago

I’m a Fulham fan and i’m suprised. Mark is a good keeper and i’m sure most Fulham fans are sad to see him go, but that’s more because we haven’t got much chance of replacing him permanently. We definitely had his best years. I can only assume that you guys want him for some kind of coaching role in the future.

damstar
damstar
11 years ago

http://www.guardian.co.uk/football/2010/aug/30/shay-given-stays-manchester-city
hope this is not true. cos that means we not getting any goalie 🙁

Sean
Sean
11 years ago

PLEEAASE! I really hope this happens! If it does I will give £5 to charity!!

Frankie
Frankie
11 years ago

So here we are less than 24 hrs left of the transfer window and we still havent signed a keeper.No one else is to blame but stubborn Wenger.If we had offered £3m in May we would have got Schwarzer but no we offered £2m.So now we are stuck with Almunia who Wenger has no faith in.Wenger had 3 months to sign Schwarzer.If we dont sign a keeper our season is OVER

jane green
jane green
11 years ago

Surely Wenger hasnt waited till the day the transfer window expires to sort this out!! Every arsenal fan and his/her mother knows that the one thing we are crying out for is a good goalie! not a decent/average/ok goalie! One that commands balls,shouts at players and is brillant! Man city know this and will do anything to jeopardise our chances of winning the league so they are not gonna let given go to fulham and we get mark s. Hopefully i will be proved wrong but please wenger you should of pulled your finger out long ago and got this… Read more »

chris
chris
11 years ago

emiliano viviano, the bologna keeper, looks like hes gonna be a top keeper, 6ft 5…we have been linked with him earlier in the summer.. inter wanted him back apparently but at 24 i cant see us signing him since that would ‘kill’ flappy and co

dayo olutekunbi
dayo olutekunbi
11 years ago

wenger should go for schwarzer cos almunia was pretending to be good meanwhile,he can cope with the way games are going.therefore,he should sign schwarzer before the transfer window close on Tuesday night.

Arsenalgunner27
Arsenalgunner27
11 years ago

@damstar: mate, Manchester City won’t let any of their players leave to join any team in the Premier League as they consider it as competition. I think Shay Given would be a better catch, but City won’t let him join us. its pathetic, we sell our players to them and they won’t give theres to us, sod them. Dirty little…*@£*%?@!!!! I hate Manchester City, more than Tottenham, its the way they ruin teams by buying players on 5 year contracts and then not playing them when they go off form, and instead of keeping the player and letting him gain… Read more »

Highbury4L
Highbury4L
11 years ago

@Arsenalgunner27: talk about a wall of text, but yes, I do agree and you to be honest…despite acting like a loser a while ago, you’ve actually changed my opinion of you, you’ve said some pretty creepy stuff and predictions like, when we were beaten by Chelsea last season on the second match against them in the premier league and all the fans were on this website going on and on about how Wenger should leave…but then what did you say? we were like…I can’t remeber, 8 points behind chelsea or something, miles behind them. But you said basically “this is… Read more »

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