The Arsenal goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny has said that he is extremely happy with the competition from Vito Mannone for the first team action. Vito Mannone is currently the competition for Wojciech Szczesny, who has spent the last few seasons as the undisputed number one at the Emirates stadium.

Due to the recent injury problems faced by the Polish goalkeeper, Vito Mannone has been selected as the replacement by the manager Arsene Wenger. However, he has returned to the first team action in the recent matches against Tottenham and Montpellier.

Lukasz Fabianski has also been absent from the first team, which is meant that Wenger have no other alternative but to utilise the third choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone. Mannone has spent the last few seasons on loan at various clubs after failing to get first team opportunities on a regular basis at Arsenal. However, this short spell of matches has given him an opportunity to impress the manager. There was every chance that he could have gone on a loan deal at the start of the season, but he elected to stay and fight for his position. Szczesny has said that Mannone is an extremely good goalkeeper, which means that he has to fight in order to be on the starting line-up regularly.

“I’m happy to have the competition. Obviously I was frustrated to be on the sidelines, not just matches but not training either. I managed to get back into the team and had two very good results. But I’m happy to have the competition from Vito. I hope it brings the best out of both of us. It’s normal. We’re good friends,” said the Arsenal goalkeeper. It has been once again a frustrating season for Arsenal, as they find themselves many points behind the leaders United at the top of the table.


The Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has said that the club will not be making of the Chelsea midfielder Michael Essien on the final day of the transfer window. Arsenal have been linked with a season long loan deal for the 29-year-old Ghana midfielder, who has found first team opportunities limited at Stamford Bridge.

Arsenal experienced success in the form of a loan spell for the Israeli midfielder Yossi Benayoun last season. The 32-year-old midfielder was one of the main reasons for Arsenal finishing in the third position last season, as he scored many crucial goals during the campaign.

However, this time around, Arsene Wenger has said that he will have faith in the players that he has at his disposal. He has also said that if the club was to get some of the injured players back from the treatment, then it would be a major boost for the club in their efforts to finish top of the table. Arsenal have not made the best of starts to the Premier league season after they have drawn both their opening matches against Sunderland and Stoke. The run-in is also certainly not easy for the Gunners because they will be facing Liverpool during this weekend.

“Getting our injured players back is the best way for us to strengthen the squad. We do not just want to bring average players in. Spending in itself is not a quality. Buying good players is a quality, better players than you have is a quality,” Wenger said. It remains to be seen if the Arsenal fans, who have seen the club go seven seasons without winning a major trophy will accept this fact. It looks like Arsenal will once again not be able to win the Premier league this time around. Arsenal’s last Premier league title was way back in 2004.


Steve Bruce, the manager of Hull City, has said that he wants to sign Vito Mannone, the goalkeeper of Arsenal. Mannone had played for Hull City in the last season on a loan. Mannone performed brilliantly for the Hull City last season. Steve Bruce seems to be quite impressed with this Italian goalkeeper. As per Bruce, Mannone saved a lot of goals last season and his moves were fantastic to watch.

Earlier, there were rumors that Bruce wants to sign the goalkeeper of Aston Villa, Brad Guzan. But, Brad Guzan didn’t accept his offer and decided to continue playing for Aston Villa. Bruce said that he is looking for a good goalkeeper and Mannone could be the one. But, he also said that he hasn’t talked to Arsene Wenger, the manager of Arsenal, yet.

Mannone joined Arsenal way back in 2005. His first match for Arsenal was against Barnet in which Arsenal won by 4-1. Due to a number of goalkeepers in the Arsenal side, Mannone was not given the regular opportunities to play till the 2009-10 season. In the beginning of the 2009-10 season, the two senior goalkeepers of Arsenal i.e. Lukasz Fabianski and Manuel Almunia got injured. So, Mannone got a chance to play in the UEFA Champions League. However, he didn’t start that well. In the match against Standard Liege, two goals were scored against Arsenal in the first five minutes of the match. But, Mannone came back strongly and made some brilliant saves after that. Arsenal won that match by 3-2.

Arsenal often places Mannone on loan. He has played for Barnsley once and for Hull City twice on loan. On being asked about the rumors of his transfer to Hull City, Mannone said that if Hull City wants to sign him, their authorities should talk to the Arsenal management. However, he said that he enjoyed quite a lot while playing for Hull City in the last season.


Hull city manager Steve Bruce has revealed that he is ready to talk with Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone over the possibility of making the loan move to the KC stadium permanent this season. The 24-year-old spent the last two seasons on loan at Hull city, where he has been hugely successful.

Even though he has not been able to get the team to the Premier league, he has been able to claim a first-team spot ahead of much experienced goalkeepers. Steve Bruce’s initial target was to get Aston Villa goalkeeper Brad Guzan, whose contract with the Premier league club was coming to an end.

However, it appears that the American International has decided to stay with Aston Villa after renewing his contract. This has meant that Steve Bruce has had to look at alternatives in order to fill his first-team goalkeeper spot. The club are also looking at the possibility of bringing David Gonzalez, who is much more experienced goalkeeper. He is available on a loan deal from Brighton and Hove Albion after he has been unable to get any game time with the club in the last few seasons. Steve Bruce, though, has said that his first option would be to speak with Vito Mannone.

“Vito’s obviously done very well here by all accounts but we’ll speak with Mr Wenger when he returns from his holiday next week. I like the boy but we’ll have to see what the situation is. I thought I was close a couple of days ago but unfortunately Brad decided to stay at Villa. That’s disappointing for us because he was our No.1 choice. It’s a shame but we move on to the next one. Hopefully, by the time we get back from Portugal we’ll have someone in place,” said Steve Bruce.


Hull City manager Nick Barmby has said that he is still hopeful of keeping Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone, who is on a loan deal till the end of the season.

After having a number of troubles in the goalkeeping department, Arsenal seemed to have found their perfect replacement for Lehman in the form of Wojciech Szczęsny. Vito Mannone played a few games for Arsenal before being sent out on a loan deal. Hull city manager Nick Barmby has said that he is extremely impressed with the performances of Vito Mannone that he would like to keep him permanently at the KC stadium.

However, it is very unlikely that Vito Mannone will do enough to complete a move to Hull City that will see him extend his four month stay at the KC stadium. This is because of the financial troubles at Hull city, which is unlikely to see the club to pay the £ 1 million fee that Arsenal are demanding for him right now. Hull city managed to complete the Championship season in the eighth position just a few places below the play-off position. If the club had managed to get into the play-offs, they could at least have paid the transfer fee.

“We’ll have to sit down in the summer and see what can be done. I can’t dictate what Arsenal are going to say but I know he would like to come and play for us. That’s a positive start for us because we want him, but it’s not always that easy. I hope Saturday won’t be his last home game, I really hope not. He has been fantastic for us in both loan spells. He loves the club and he’s exactly the type of player that we want,” said manager Barmby regarding the situation surrounding Vito Mannone.


Vito Mannone, the Hull City Association Football Club, on loan from Arsenal is slated to be among a host of other players heading for the exit door of the Emirates Stadium at the end of the season as manager Arsene Wenger looks to free up some cash to invest in the team and buy some tried and tested players in order to bring back some sort of respectability to the side.