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Mannone Keen To Remain A Gooner

Mannone Keen To Remain A Gooner

Vito Mannone has been another Arsenal player thrust into the fore this season after an injury to Wojciech Szczesny handed the Italian a starting berth.

Carl Jenkinson has found his way into the starting XI as he deputises for Bacary Sagna, Vito has also grasped his opportunity with both hands and has performed admirably between the sticks.

However rumours had surfaced that with only 12 months remaining on his contract, Mannone was looking to return to his native Italy. However the stopper has moved quickly to not only deny he wants a move, but also that he has only a year left on his current deal.

'I want to make it clear, because there have been unfounded rumours, that my contract is not ending in 12 months,' said Mannone on

'I've got a few more years and I'm happy to be at Arsenal right now. I'm looking at the present and my future is not in doubt. I want to stay at Arsenal as long as I can, I don't want to move to any other club.'

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Monday October 15 2012
Time: 2:26PM


I've nothing against the lad, doing his bit trying to make the best career he can; but I do think he's the worst 'keeper we've had in years. Behind Szczesny, Fabianski and Almunia.
15/10/2012 14:45:00
He is our number 1 at the moment and hasn't exactly shipped in truckloads. He needs to be trusted to continue to do well till we solve that area, if necessary.
15/10/2012 21:07:00
Wow - That's quite an opinion Damiano. I thought he's done quite well. He's made a few mistakes but he's young. Definately not worse than Flappyanski in my humble opinion.
15/10/2012 23:28:00
To be honest, that kid has shown a rare mental toughness, standing in for a fans' favorite that Sczcesny is and acquitting himself admirably well. This is a big club and a 3rd choice keeper could be forgiven for falling flat on his face at the first ask.
16/10/2012 07:13:00
.....not Mannone, who Rather looks like he is going to give the manager a selection headache soon. His kick-outs, are more assured than Szczesny, for one while having that comebackability from a bad game that our No.1 is reputed for. He is, by no means, the finished product but holds his own.
16/10/2012 07:20:00
At 24, he's 2 years older than Wojciech... I don't have confidence in his goalkeeping, and his kicking's been very poor. As a third-choice goalkeeper, I've definitely seen worse; there's no way he gets ahead of our Poles though, when available. he's the Djourou of goalkeeping; never gonna be first team, but in an emergency you can throw him in and cross your fingers.
16/10/2012 09:21:00
Agree with Damiano re his ability. This is a gripe i'll always have with Wenger, he's never really sorted out our goalkeeping since Seaman, he got lucky with Lehmann, spending 1m, and has hoped to do the same ever since, trying to sort out one of the key positions on the cheap has cost us over the years.
16/10/2012 10:19:00
24 years old is an infant in goal-keeping demographics terms. I don't think he is the finished product either but he does come with some positives. His kicking is better than Szczesny's; you can have your opinion but this is what I see.
16/10/2012 11:02:00
Fair play Naija. Where do you rank him of our three goalkeepers? marks out of ten for each of them perhaps? I'd give Wojciech 8 (still young, time to grow), Fabianski 7 (I think other people hate him a lot more than I do) and Vito 6.
16/10/2012 14:01:00
I will rank him a 7 as well. Don't see much difference between Mannone and Fabianski; indeed, I will probably feel safer with Vito between the sticks. I agree Szczesny ranks above them but he just has to sort out his kick-outs from back-passes or when under pressure. He could be the complete keeper.
16/10/2012 14:50:00
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