You might have seen this interview by Mark Schwarzer over a week ago. I wasn’t able to comment on it earlier due to the focus on the League Cup final. But now that we’re past that I thought it’s important to acknowledge the real reason the Australian’s transfer failed.
According to the Fulham Keeper, the problem was not with the amount of money that Arsenal had bid but due to Shay Given’s decision to opt out of a loan move to the Cottagers.
Mark Hughes and the staff made it absolutely clear that they wanted to keep me and would only let me leave if they found a keeper of equal standing at the very least. They only had one option [Given]. Unfortunately the day before the window closed he made himself unavailable.
I’m highlighting this because a lot of unscrupulous writers in the media have concocted a false story that the transfer failed because Arsenal did not raise the bid amount from £2M to £4M. These baseless rumours have been lapped up by the Misery Brigade and the malicious myth has been propagated ad nauseam. Frankly, it is one of the dumbest anti-Arsenal stories I have seen but, unfortunately, many fans seem to fall for such lies.
When the real truth does come out in such interviews it gets pitiable coverage.
I’m not discussing the merits or demerits of Arsenal’s transfer dealings at this moment but it’s important for fans to accept the difficulties involved in the transfer market, especially in the current environment.
This particular incident highlights one issue and shows how a transfer can fail despite best efforts by the club/Arsene. I’m sure other bids have failed for various reasons some of which will hopefully come out in due course. For now I’m just happy to see this ‘official’ slap in the faces of the despicable rumour mongers.