What is going on with all the Middlesbrough and ex-Middlesbrough keepers who are suddenly deemed worthy of playing for (or sitting on the bench at) the Premier Leagues best clubs? First Ross Turnbull moved to Chelsea. Then Liverpool buy David Schwimmer look-alike Brad Jones. Now after handing in a transfer request at Fulham Mark Schwarzer looks certain to be heading to the Emmirates.
Schwarzer appears to be hitting the pinnacle of his career fairly late on in his playing days. He has had a fantastic couple of seasons at Fulham after spending eleven years at Middlesbrough where he enjoyed some successes although was prone to the occasional goalkeeping gaffe.
I remember when he left Middlesbrough for Fulham being slightly confused to the logic behind the move. At the time the two clubs seemed to be on a par with each other, but within two seasons he was playing in the Europa League Final for the club whilst Middlesbrough had dropped to the Championship. This is testament to Schwarzer’s quality as a keeper which has improved as he has gotten older and more experienced.
Arsenal are desperate to bring in a keeper after more questions were being asked about Almunia’s after a poor performance against Liverpool at the weekend. Arsenal goalkeeping legend David Seaman has laid blame upon Almunia and Fabianski for their recent lack of trophies saying that they ‘both made mistakes in high-profile games that effectively cost them the chance of some silverware’.
Seaman has also given his backing to Schwarzer stating ‘He is a great player, tried and tested and can make saves that win you games. He is a world-class goalkeeper’ and believes that his signing could be the difference between success and failure for Arsenal this season.
Is Schwarzer the solution to Arsenals goalkeeping problems though? How big an improvement is he on their current goalkeeping options and how many years can Arsenal expect to get out of him given he is 37?
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