Arsenal news – Schwarzer still keen on move, Nasri wants more protection, Diaby injury latest

Every morning A Different League searches the nations press to bring you the latest goings on at Arsenal. Today:

Schwarzer still keen on move.

Mark Schwarzer has yet again told of his desire to move to the Emirates. The Australian, who turns 38 tomorrow, has made no secret of his disappointment at failing to secure a dream transfer to Arsenal in the summer, but still holds hope that a deal can be reached in the new year.

The Fulham goalkeeper is quoted in the Daily Star as saying: “A lot can happen between now and January. What will be will be. If there’s an opportunity in January, then we’ll explore it.”

Cottagers boss Mark Hughes, however, recently stated that Schwarzer was going nowhere and claims that the club have opened talks on a new deal which they hope will keep the player at Craven Cottage for the remainder of his career.

Diaby injury latest.

Abou Diaby has given France a boost as it appears he will be available for the Euro 2012 qualifiers against Romania and Luxembourg.

The Arsenal midfielder picked up an ankle injury in Sunday’s 2-0 defeat against Chelsea at Stamford Bridge, but French national coach Laurent Blanc indicated that initial medical tests had appeared positive.

According to Sky Sports, the former Man United defender said: “The news is generally reassuring. As I could see, he took a blow to his ankle, which wasn’t in a very good state. But after the first examinations, although his ankle is sore, there’s nothing worrying.”

Nasri wants more protection.

Meanwhile, Diaby’s fellow Frenchman Samir Nasri has called for more player protection from referees.

According to Yahoo Eurosport, the comments were made in the wake of Hatem Ben Arfa’s broken leg while playing for Newcastle at the weekend. He said: “What strikes me is the refereeing. The referee saw Hatem exit on a stretcher with an oxygen mask yet he didn’t punish De Jong. It’s that that has to change in England. Nigel de Jong has pedigree, a bit like Mark van Bommel. Referees should know that these players make foul tackles. There are sometimes accidents and there always have been, considering the commitment levels. But are we protected enough in England? I don’t think so.”

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