Arsenal were thrice thwarted in their attempts to bring in a new goalkeeper before the transfer window slammed shut on Tuesday, according to reports.
The club’s interest in Fulham stopper Mark Schwarzer was no secret and the Australia No.1 wanted to move to the Emirates Stadium.
However, the Cottagers were less than happy to part with the 37-year-old and warned the Gunners off.
After that rejection, they turned their attention to Manchester City’s Shay Given, after he suggested he would look to move on if he wasn’t deemed as first choice.
After Joe Hart was installed as No.1 at Eastlands, Wenger decided the Irishman would be his second choice, if the Schwarzer deal fell through – which it did.
It was after Fulham made an enquiry for Given that they decided to keep hold of Schwarzer, as the City keeper told them he did not want to move to Craven Cottage.
This did not deter Arsenal from using Champions League football to try and lure Given down to London but, again, Given wanted to stay and fight for his place.
That drove Wenger to enquire about Stoke City’s supposedly wantaway Bosnian youngster Asmir Begovic in the closing hours of transfer deadline day.
Begovic has been accused of refusing to play for Stoke in their Carling Cup clash against Shrewsbury by manager Tony Pulis and was apparently trying to engineer a move away from the Potteries.
Pulis, though, would not be bullied and has told both Arsenal and Chelsea, the other team interested, that he would keep Begovic at the Britannia Stadium.
Manuel Almunia will now continue as Arsenal’s No.1, with Lucasz Fabianski as back up as Wenger looks to put up a challenge for the Premier League title.
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