Hughes backs keeper switch
Aaron Hughes understands why Fulham team-mate Mark Schwarzer is hoping to join Arsenal.
Last Updated: 22/08/10 10:23am
Aaron Hughes understands why Fulham team-mate Mark Schwarzer is hoping to join Arsenal before the transfer window closes.
The Gunners have tried to land the veteran Australia international from Craven Cottage this summer without success.
Their £2million offer has been rejected by Fulham's hierarchy as they are not looking to loose their number one shot-stopper just weeks into the new season.
Hughes, though, knows it is a great opportunity for Schwarzer to play for one of the Premier League's top four clubs, even though Mark Hughes' side would be weakened by his potential departure.
"It's a great opportunity for him," said Hughes.
"It's not often you get the chance to go and play for one of the top four teams in the country, especially when you're down to the last few years of your career.
"You can understand why Arsenal want to take him and why it's important for him. If he went we'd miss him, but we wish him well. It's a fantastic opportunity."
Aaron Hughes believes Schwarzer has been one of the Premier's League best keepers in recent seasons and that much of the club's success under ex-boss Roy Hodgson was down to the shot-stopper.
"Mark has been one of the top three keepers in the league for the last two years," he continued. "He's been very important to us.
"Some of his saves kept us in games. Sometimes if you have a successful season it's harder afterwards and you almost find yourselves hanging onto your players rather than trying to build on your success."