Mannone keen to keep Arsenal starting spot
Thursday 06 September 2012
Vito Mannone has warned his fellow Arsenal goalkeepers that now he has had a taste of being the club’s first-choice custodian, he is not going to give the position up without a fight. The Daily Mail reports that the Italian has thrown down the gauntlet to Wojciech Szczesny, for whom he is currently deputising.
Mannone, 24, has replaced Szczesny for the previous two Premier League games as the Poland international is carrying a slight rib injury. But Mannone has kept two clean sheets in as many games - against Stoke City and Liverpool - and has looked assured in doing so, the newspaper adds. The Mail continues that Mannone has come a long way from his last Arsenal appearance, against Olympiakos in the Champions League when he committed a series of blunders.
And Mannone has admitted he is intent on keeping Szczesny out of the side even after his injury has healed, crediting a loan spell with Championship side Hull City for restoring his confidence.
Mannone said: “I know Arsenal, everybody here and I am really happy when I am involved, like now. I would like to be involved more and more and establish myself.”
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