Any hope Arsene Wenger had of signing goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer has now been extinguished, after the Australian extended his contract at Craven Cottage until 2012.
Wenger may now turn his attention to City’s out-of-favour shot stopper Shay Given instead.
Schwarzer contract was due to expire next summer, and it had been suggested that Arsenal would wait until July in order to sign the goalkeeper on a free transfer.
However, all such rumours have now been quashed, with Schwarzer set to see out his career with Mark Hughes’ side; at 38, a two year contract extension will likely take him to the end of his playing days.
The Gunners’ interest in Schwarzer has been well documented in recent weeks, yet the Emirates outfit must now look elsewhere in their search for a goalkeeper.
However, Wenger declared only this week that he will not be making any January signings, putting any move for Manchester City keeper Shay Given in doubt. Though, a keeper of Given’s stature is unlikely to wait until next summer for first team football and that may give Wenger a much-needed push.
Schwarzer will travel to the Emirates this weekend to face the North London outfit and may want to show Wenger what he’s missed out on. Securing the keepers contract before the trip may have been wise work from boss Hughes, worried about any influence visiting the club may have had.
So, for Arsenal fans, you’re probably faced with another six months of Lukasz Fabianski or Manuel Almunia in goal. Do you guys think the club still mount a serious title challenge?
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