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Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is still "hopeful" of playing with Arsenal...

Fulham goalkeeper Mark Schwarzer is still "hopeful" of making a move across London to ply his trade with Arsenal.

The Gunners have been widely expected to bring in a replacement for firs-choice shot-stopper Manuel Almunia, as neither Lukasz Fabianski nor Vito Mannone has been able to step up to snatch the No 1 spot from the former Celta Vigo 'keeper.

This led to a public pursuit of the Cottagers' last line of defence, as Goal.com exclusively revealed that the north London club had offered the Australian a player-coach deal if he were to switch allegiances.

Mark Hughes would be in serious trouble if he were to allow Schwarzer to make a move without finding a replacement, as the ageing 'keeper's understudy, David Stockdale, is sidelined for a few weeks owing to ankle ligament damage.

In the meantime, Manchester City benchwarmer Shay Given has been linked with a move away from Eastlands, with Craven Cottage thought to be his destination.

In light of this, Goal.com also recently revealed exclusively that Given would have to pass a shoulder test at Fulham to ensure that his current injury is not a serious one, prior to a potential move to the Cottage.

Now, the Australian is hoping for the best with regard to the medical that his City counterpart would have to undergo, as a successful completion would act as a trigger his potential move to Arsenal to reach fruition.

"I’m biding my time waiting for things to happen and then I’ll be on move - if you see what I mean," Schwarzer said, according to The Mirror.

"I’m hopeful, I’m always hopeful."

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