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Gunners' chief refuses to add to war of words...

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to keep negotiations with Fulham over the potential transfer of Mark Schwarzer civil and away from the media spotlight.

Earlier this week Cottagers' boss Mark Hughes accused the Gunners of trying to unsettle the 37-year-old Australian, as the long transfer saga threatened to turn sour.

However, Wenger has moved to calm relations between the two London clubs, telling his side’s official website: “It's important we do not start saying what we do and they say what they [Fulham] do. I believe it has to be as quiet as possible.”

While Fulham have been vocal about the interest coming from north London, Wenger said that their discreet approach is a policy Arsenal attempt to use with all parties.

“We always respect the decision of the clubs if they don't want to sell. They do not need to come out in the press with that," Wenger added.

“If they don't want to sell they say that and we respect that. It's the same with anybody.”

Arsenal have started their new Premier League campaign in fine form, drawing 1-1 at Liverpool before demolishing Blackpool 6-0 at the Emirates Stadium on Saturday.