Posted on Saturday, 8th September 2012 by Taaza
We’ve had a fairly decent start to the season.
A handful of players have been brilliant for us so far and look to be trying to tell Arsene Wenger they deserve a starting role.
One such claim comes from our Italian goalkeeper Vito Mannone, who has been covering for Wojciech Szczesny due to the Pole being sidelined through injury. However the confident stopper is expected to return next week for the game against Southampton.
Mannone has recently warned Szczesny to expect a fight for the number one spot after his displays during his team-mates absence.
He was quoted as saying:
‘When you are number one, you feel important and like the happiest man in the world, that sort of feeling gives me the chance to go onto the pitch with confidence.’
The 24-year-old says he has improved a lot ever since his disastrous display in the Champions League game against Olympiacos last December. He says his improvement is all due to a confidence-building and productive four-month loan spell at a familiar stomping ground with Hull in the npower Championship, a time in which he kept a club record six consecutive clean sheets, which, the Italian claims, has given him an extra edge:
‘I had some good games [at Hull] and it was a great experience for me. The best thing was playing senior football and playing consecutive games and getting the mentality of the number one.’
Mannone then went on to explain how and what had led to his improvement:
‘I have improved in every part of the goalkeeper position. In my mind as well, I came back stronger and stronger.
‘Especially after the mistake at Olympiacos – it is never easy to come back, but when I have got my back against the wall, I don’t mind.
‘I just roll up my sleeves and try to work because I know I can do well.
‘It is a good fight between the keepers because we know the level is quite high and you need to keep working and improve yourself to get the first spot.’
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