REVEALED: How My Move To Arsenal Was Blocked

REVEALED: How My Move To Arsenal Was Blocked

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Sometimes in 2010, we were made to believe that Arsenal made serious attempts to sign Mark Schwarzer from Fulham. Unfortunately, the transfer wasn't successful.

The Australian goalkeeper has now surfaced to admit that he almost completed that move from Craven Cottage to the Emirates Stadium.

He has only spent two years after his move from Middlesbrough at that time and Wenger's contact with Roy Hodgson who was then the manager of the side failed to yield results.

In an interview, the prolific goalkeeper stated that he would have had no concerns joining Arsenal back then if not for the fact that the deal failed to materialise.

"Yeah, I would definitely," the 44-year-old told Fantasy FC.

"Roy Hodgson rang me. It was about three days before the World Cup in South Africa, and he says to me 'Mark, the Arsenal have been on the phone. They're interested. Do you want to go?'

"I went 'Definitely. I loved my time at Fulham. It's been brilliant and really great working under you. But yeah, it's an opportunity to play Champions League football and play for an unbelievable club.' So he says 'Yeah, we'll sort it out. We'll get another goalkeeper in. As long as we get enough money for you, we'll make it happen.'

"I was delighted, but unfortunately about three weeks later, he left and went to Liverpool.

"So I waited until about two weeks before the start of the season when Mark Hughes was appointed. My very first conversation with Mark was knocking on his door, saying 'Gaffer, nice to meet you. As you know, Arsenal made an offer and I want to leave, could you please sell me?'

"That's how it kinda went. It dragged on and dragged on, and unfortunately it didn't eventuate."

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