Arsenal make improved offer for Schwarzer
Arsenal have made an improved offer of £3.5m for Fulham’s goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer, according to the Mirror. The report claims that Schwarzer has been made aware of Arsenal’s interest and he has told manager Roy Hodgson he wants to leave Craven Cottage this summer. It’s believed that Hodgson is now resigned to losing his No.1 keeper and all that’s left is for the two clubs to agree a fee.
Wenger sees the 37-year-old Australian international as the experienced keeper his young squad needs to instill confidence in the back-four, but also not block the progress of Arsenal’s young goalkeepers. Wojciech Szczesny is highly rated at the Emirates and Wenger is grooming the 20-year-old as a future No.1. If the Gunners do land Schwarzer its believed Manuel Almunia will be allowed to leave the club.
Arsenal scouts have watched Schwarzer on several occasions, while Wenger has watched him personally in South Africa. Fulham have already knocked back a £3m bid but it seems Arsenal are determined to get their man.
If the Mirror reports are accurate, I’m not sure how i feel about it all. Scwarzer is certainly better than what we currently have at the club and i like the idea of bringing in an experienced goalkeeper who Szczesny can learn from and eventually take over from in 2-3 years, so in that respect he fits the bill.
But is he that much better than Almunia? Is he going to be the difference next season and help Arsenal end their trophy drought? Is he the world class stopper we’re looking for? I’m not convinced, but i wouldn’t be too disappointed if he did sign.
Would Schwarzer be a good signing for the Gunners? Please leave your opinions below…..
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