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Arsenal Close In On Crucial £4m Signing: Wenger Winning Race to Nab Want-away Keeper Schwarzer

Emirates boss does not want to be stuck with his current first choice custodians and hopes to seal veteran Craven Cottage keeper deal.

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Australia's Mark Schwarzer stretches during a team training session in Melbourne May 18, 2010. REUTERS/Mick Tsikas (AUSTRALIA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

MARK SCHWARZER has stunned new Fulham boss Mark Hughes by slapping in a transfer request.
The Aussie keeper, 37, wants to force a move to Arsenal, who bid £2million before the World Cup.
But Hughes wants Schwarzer to stay and will play hardball. (The Sun)

Anyone who has seen Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski in action will understand Arsene Wenger’s desire to bring in a new number one, and quickly. Last term the Gunners conceded more goals than they in the previous six seasons and the Emirates boss is keen to reverse that problem.

He has been linked with many keepers but the only one he appears to have made a bid for is the 37 year old Fulham man who has now brought the issue to a head by putting in a transfer request. Mark Hughes may well try to fight such a move but would surely not want to be stuck with a player who doesn’t want to stay.

More likely is that the new Craven Cottage man is looking to make as much from the sale of the Aussie as possible and that may lead to Arsenal having to double their initial bid for the experienced goalie who at £4m would still be a decent value option.

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