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Wenger’s Worries over Keeper Crisis could be over

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By Guest Writer John Combes.

Arsenal may be about to catch themselves a reliable goalkeeper with reports suggesting the Gunners are closing in on the signature of Fulham’s Mark Schwarzer after he told manager Roy Hodgson it was an opportunity too good to turn down. Arsene Wenger has cast his net far and wide in an attempt to find a replacement for gaffe-prone Manuel Almunica and Lukasz Fabianski, but it seems he may have found his man just down the road in West London.

Will the ex Middlesborough keeper take the bate and head off to the Emirates? Only time will tell although they will have to fend of some competition from Wolfsburg who are also said to be interested in the Australian keeper. Fulham are believed to be wanting in the region of £4 million for their well established keeper and it would no doubt be money well spent. The 37-year-old has been very reliable between the sticks for Fulham and can handle big games such as the Europa Cup Final unlike Fabianski and Almunia, who have lost Arsenal games and probably more importantly Trophies.

Therefore if Arsenal secure a deal for the 6ft 4 keeper, it will no doubt be greeted by the fans as “thank the lord”  as they would know they have an experienced, talented and safe pair of hands in goal instead of keepers who lose all their credibility for all the wrong reasons.

If the Gunners pull it off, I could see the Arsenal boys winning the league and going onto bigger and better things. A keeper has a very important role in any team and they can determine whether or not it will be a season to remember or forget. Also it’ll be a great place for Schwarzer to end his career at and will show how far he has progressed as a player.

Well we’ll just have to wait and see if hope becomes reality, because if they do manage to bring in the giant then it could well change their new season for the better.



  1. jamesb

    June 7, 2010 at 9:16 am

    please get him wenger, i will feel so much more confident and so will the defence if we have a more reliable keeper. hes a good age as we can have him for 2yrs and then bring in sczesney

  2. aran

    June 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm

    i think we can do better than him to be honest

  3. realtalkfootball

    June 7, 2010 at 9:33 pm

    Yeh i think we could do better. He’s 37, and has 2-3 years left in him, whats the point? Maybe he expects Fabianski or Mannone to come good.

  4. Titus

    June 7, 2010 at 9:50 pm

    Are you sure that he alone can win the title for the gunners? There are other problem areas which Arsene has failed/did not want to address.
    Until the squad is increased with several new signings of ready to play vs kids farmed out it will still be a case of the gunners not fulfilling their potential.

  5. luke

    June 8, 2010 at 7:15 am

    i am australian and mark is a fantastic g/k. he is the best keeper we have ever produced and he is the reason we have been in the last two world cups… his age shouldnt factor into it at all for two reason: a. he has gotten better and better and has never been injury prone. and b. we have world class g/k underneath like sczesney who will be our number 1 after Schwarzer.

  6. John Combes

    June 8, 2010 at 7:43 am

    I think Mark Schwarzer is in many ways like Van Der Sar reliable, safe pair of hands and is well established, look how many games Van Der Sar has kept United in games…….loads!!!!! The Aussie will do the same keep the Gunners in games and be able to control a rock solid defence.

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