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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.'

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Monday October 15 2012

Time: 2:26PM

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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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16/10/2012 14:50:00

Fabianski had a really good spell in your goal 2 seasons ago after he replaced Almunia. He seemed to have regained his confidence and stopped making silly mistakes or getting bullied by opposition players. He then got injured and replaced by Szczesny who also put in strong performances and made the position his own. Fabianski has not really had a proper look in since and a lot of Arsenal fans still remember his mistakes and don't have full confidence in him. Personally I think Fabianski is easily better than Mannone and not far behind Szczesny. Mannone was quit brave and took a few knocks against Fat Sam's boys even if he didn't always get the ball so my respect for him has increased since.
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17/10/2012 07:14:00

The three of them have their own positives and negatives. I honestly think Fabianski is the best 'shot stopper' we have. He is quicker, more agile and has the best reactions. He is however crap at making decisions - coming off his line, punching or trying to catch crosses....basically anything that isn't stopping a shot. Szczesny is much better at dealing with balls into the box, he is a very good shot stopper and has a great understanding of how to close angles. He is very vocal which means our defensive line always looks more confident when he's in goal. He is very confident, a skilful player and his passing range is great, but this is also his downfall and unless addressed his arrogance and Jens style 'goalkeeper madness' will continue to cost us games.
No 10
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17/10/2012 09:48:00

Vito is ok but he has had little to do this season and in his 5 Pl games has let in 4 goals only one of which I would say he could do nothing about. His refusal to dominate his six yard box is bewildering, and although he can stand his ground against aerial threats of Stoke and West Ham he seems to do just that...stand! His distribution is woeful at times and did I mention that when shots aren't straight at his he just stands and watches the ball!
No 10
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17/10/2012 09:50:00

Can anyone tell me when Sczysney is due back? I thought it was only a very small injury a couple of months back??
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18/10/2012 17:43:00

Wenger on Szczesny and Fabianski: Fabianski sees a specialist today [Thursday]. I don't know what will come out of that. It's an ankle ligament problem - a new problem. He was back in training before that. Szczesny I think is two weeks away.
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19/10/2012 09:31:00

ah, the ubiqutous "2 weeks". cheers.
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19/10/2012 09:46:00


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