First up we take a trip to North London, more specifically Arsenal to check out there 22 year old goalkeeper Vito Mannone. Recently loaned out to Championship side Hull City to gain first team experience, the confident youngster has never lost a game playing for Arsenals senior side a record he will be wishing to uphold.
He famously questioned the ability of his rivals for the number 1 jersey (Almunia and Fabianski). Whilst on international duty with Italy under 21’s he was quoted as saying “I get annoyed when I don’t play, it’s not as if the other two do that well.” He was obviously hoping to ruffle a few feathers with this off the cuff comment and is clearly not bothered if he doesn’t get along with the clubs other ‘keepers.
His quality is not in question and the extended run in the Gunners first team can only hold him in good stead for the future. It can only be a matter of time before Arsene Wenger is picking him above Almunia and Fabianski on a regular basis.
Name: Vito Mannone
Born: 2nd March 1988, Desio, Italy
Height: 1.91m (6 ft 3 in)
Squad Number: 24
Previous Clubs: Atalanta, Barnsley(loan), Hull City(loan),
Goals Conceded: 9
National: Italy under 21
Current Ability: 3/5
Potential Ability: 4/5
Maybe not the World Class keeper the Gunners are looking for currently to steer them to Premiership glory but given time and opportunities Mannone could blossom into a star for Arsene Wenger. Question is though, will he be afforded the time to develop? The time he is spending at Hull is crucial to his development and fingers crossed it works out well for him. Nice to see, youngsters having confidence in their ability.
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