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Schwarzer won't rule out January move to Arsenal

Mark Schwarzer has reignited the possibility of a move to Arsenal by saying he will consider any offers that are put to Fulham in January.

Schwarzer, 37, was the subject of interest from Arsene Wenger over the summer and even handed in a transfer request at Craven Cottage in an effort to secure a move to Emirates Stadium.

Fulham were unwilling to sell their No. 1, meaning Schwarzer was forced to remain with Mark Hughes' side. However, the Australian believes the situation could be reassessed in January.

"A lot can happen between now and January. What will be, will be," Schwarzer said. "If there's an opportunity in January, then we'll explore it."

Schwarzer, speaking after arriving in Australia for an international friendly against Paraguay, said he felt he had no choice but to pursue the move to Arsenal, given his time remaining at the top level is likely to be short.

"This is the only time in my career I have ever tried to force an issue," he said. "I don't have time on my side. If you were a 30-year-old you would walk away and say 'fair enough, I understand'.

"But I'm almost 38 and I want to fulfil an ambition. The sheer opportunity that was there. That was very flattering, but sometimes you've just got to grin and bear it and just get on with normal life again as much as possible.

"You just have to get your head down and work as hard as possible. It can affect your day-to-day life, and ultimately I am judged on how I perform week in, week out. If that performance drops, then no club is going to be interested in me. The bottom line is I've got to play well wherever I am."


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