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Arsenal Move Closer to £5m Signing that Could Shape Their Season: Wenger Target Desperate for Emirates Move

Emirates target makes it abundantly clear he wants Gunners move.

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Australia's goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer applauds at the end of a 2010 World Cup Group D soccer match against Ghana at Royal Bafokeng stadium in Rustenburg June 19, 2010. REUTERS/Christian Charisius (SOUTH AFRICA - Tags: SPORT SOCCER WORLD CUP)

Mark Schwarzer has pleaded with Fulham to let him make his dream move to Arsenal before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.

The veteran goalkeeper, who turns 38 later this year, has been targeted by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger as he seeks a solid and dependable last line of defence.

Australia international Schwarzer has impressed hugely since joining the Cottagers from Middlesbrough in 2008, helping the West London side reach the Europa League final under Roy Hodgson last season.

With Hodgson having departed for Liverpool over the summer and Mark Hughes appointed in his place, former Middlesbrough No.1 Schwarzer has held talks with the new man at the helm in a bid to resolve his future.

“I need it to happen,” Schwarzer told the Australian Daily Telegraph.

“I’ve had a couple of chats with Mark [Hughes]. It’s delicately poised.

“Who wouldn’t be keen to go to Arsenal? At this stage in my career it’s an amazing opportunity to play at that level and one I really want to take.

“It’s taken a long time and the season’s very close. On one hand you understand them not wanting to disrupt too many things but I want things resolved as quickly as possible.

“Only time will tell whether that happens or not.” (Sky Sports)

There is a growing sense among Arsenal fans that unless a new keeper is brought in then there is a very real chance that hopes for a sustained title chase could be seriously dampened, such is the lack of confidence in either Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski.

Its not a case of Gunners fans being so enamoured with Mark Schwarzer that they simply see the Fulham man as some sort of saviour, its more a case that the Australian keeper is an important signing simply because he is surely a safer pair of hands than either of their current first choice pair of bunglers.

Now that the 37 year old has come out and made it abundantly clear he wants to leave Craven Cottage it seems that Mark Hughes may be playing hard ball so as to get as much as he can for the former Middlesbrough man. It may be that the bidding has to go up to £5, which may seem steep for a player in the autumn of his career but that being said, he is a keeper and a fit one at that so probably has a good three seasons in him.

Schwarzer could well be a stop gap signing anyway given the impressive young duo that Arsenal possesses in Vito Mannone and Wojciech Szczesny both of whom are good prospects for the future but probably too raw for sustained first team action this season.

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