Schwarzer on brink of move to the Arsenal

With the football powerhouse that is free-scoring Blackpool heading for the Arsenal on Saturday, it would appear imperative, given Manuel Almunia’s shoddy display against Liverpool, that we sign a keeper sharpish.
And trawling through this morning’s scandal sheets, I find the impending arrival of Mark Schwarzer has moved a slittle closer, according the Daily Mirror that is. The paper says Arsene Wenger wants to tie up a £2.5m deal for Schwarzer in time for the visit of Ian Holloway’s newly-promoted Tangerine machine.
Their man in the known, John Cross, reporta that we want Schwarzer as first choice because of the 37-year-old’s experience and he believes he may have a future in coaching at the club. Quite what that has to do with anything is beyond me. Sign a keeper to play in goal, not for how good a coach he’ll be in a few years. Sake.
The redtop goes on to says we have already had a £2m bid turned down by Fulham who are demanding £4m but Schwarzer’s insistence that he wants out means the deal is likely to go through before the window shuts.
Cross asserts that Schwarzer would also not stunt the development of Wojciech Szczesny, 20, Vito Mannone and, ahem, Lukasz Fabianski, although Manuel Almunia is likely to be sold with Osasuna and Atletico Madrid apprently keen.
The Sun says Almunia cannot think of life beyond the Gunners but concedes he must talk to AW once Schwarzer turns up. He said: “I don’t see anything else outside of Arsenal. It will be very difficult to play for another team in England if it isn’t Arsenal. Spain would also be difficult.
“But I am 33 years old and only have a few more years left in football. I would like to enjoy them. I am a keeper who enjoys playing – just playing. It is so difficult. Arsenal is a big club and speculation is always in the news and everywhere.
“The only thing I can do is keep working because I have a contract here and I have to do what the manager wants. If somebody comes in, I will have to talk about my future at Arsenal. That is it.
“I have to work and if one day I am not good for Arsenal, I will talk. That is no problem. I am very happy here. Football is like life. The only news I have is from third parties, people at the training ground. When I go out and when I come back from training, I switch off. I try to live in a bubble and give all my attention to my wife.
“Every morning when I go out training, it is the time to think about football. But the rest of the day is the time to switch off.”
The Telegraph suggests AW will wait a little longe before finalising his move for Schwarzer.
It reports that he is prepared to wait until the end of the transfer window before concluding his remaining transfer deals, but wants to get the goalkeeper’s situation resolved before the away match against Blackburn on August 28.
It also reminds us that last season, our title challenge withered away under a late aerial bombardment from Blackburn that exposed Lukasz Fabianski. Contrary to reports, it says, we have no interest themselves in Shay Given, although the Schwarzer deal would clearly be eased if he was loaned from Manchester City to Fulham.

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