Italian shot stopper Vito Mannone signed for Arsenal as a teenager. He joined the Gunners from Italian Serie A outfit Atalanta in 2005 and the goalkeeper spent one year in the youth team before he was given his professional debut at Barnsley while he was an Arsenal loanee.While he was with the North Londoners, Vito Mannone was sent on loan to Barnsleyas pointed out above and Hull City.
In August 2006, Mannone signed for Barnsley on a three-month loan deal. The Italian was brought in to challenge Nick Colgan as the first choice goalkeeper. He made his debut for Barnsley in a League Cup clash with Blackpool. The game ended 2-2 and penalties were needed to separate the teams. Vito Mannone saved a penalty during the shootout to help his team into the next round.