Posted on Friday, 29th July 2011 by Tony Merakli
The 23-year-old Italian shot-stopper spent last season out on loan at Championship side Hull City, where he made 10 appearances, but is now determined to fight for the number one spot at the Emirates.
‘It’s going well. I’m focused here.
‘I’m having a good pre-season with Arsenal and I’m trying to fight hard for the place.’
The young goalkeeper added:
‘I’ve enjoyed pre-season – there is a bit more focus on the training and the fans have been incredible, especially when we went to Asia.’
The Italian Under-21 international has been with The Gunners for almost 6 years now and has made just 9 appearances for the north London club – 8 of which were during the 2009/10 season.
Mannone certainly has potential, but will he be Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper this upcoming season? I don’t think so.
Following a string of terrific performances last season, I, along with other I’m sure, believe Wojciech Szczesny has earned the right to guard our goal this season, with the returning Lukasz Fabianski just behind him in the pecking order.
Mannone could possible push Fabianski for the second choice slot, but do I see him cementing a first-team place week in week out this season at Arsenal? Honestly, my answer would have to be no.
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