Posted on Tuesday, 25th September 2012 by The Goon
Vito Mannone’s career at Arsenal looked all but over after a horrendous display against Olympiacos in the Champions League Group stages last season, a game which The Gunners eventually lost 3-1.
The Italian shot-stopper was not seen in an Arsenal shirt again after that game and was subsequently loaned out to Hull City in January until the end of the campaign.
However, the 24-year-old, in my opinion, has come back to the club a new player – not the finished article, but better than he was when he left.
Due to injuries to Wojciech Szczesny and Lukas Fabianski, Arsene Wenger has put his faith in Vito, who has started five out of the six games so far this season, and it seems the Frenchman’s gamble not to sign a ready-made goalkeeper is paying off.
In 450 minutes of football, the Italian has only conceded two goals (one from the penalty spot against Montpellier and just recently against Manchester City) and considering the teams he has played against, most notably City, Stoke, Liverpool and Montpellier, Vito has unquestionably done brilliantly and could indeed challenge Szcz for the number one spot.
Szcz would be the obvious choice to guard our goal – I’m guessing most of the fans out there would rather see the Pole between the sticks than the Italian. But if Vito plays well and does what is required of him, why should Wenger revert back to Szczesny?
I am a firm believer of giving players chances and if they take them then they should be rewarded for their efforts. In this case it’s Mannone. He is currently doing the business for us and it would be a shame to see him on the bench when our first-choice goalkeeper becomes available.
As stated above, Vito is not the finished article. He still needs improvement.
But if he continues to perform at the level that he has been and keeps clean sheets then there is no reason why he can’t be Arsenal’s number one this season.
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