It is being reported today that Vito Mannone is fed up of life on the bench and wants to leave the club.
The Italian keeper is quoted in today’s Sun (yeah, we know!) saying, “The ideal situation would be to let me go on loan and then make it permanent.”
Mannone went to Hull on loan last season, playing 10 games to add to the 8 appearances he made for Arsenal the season before that. However, the emergence of Wojciech Szczesny means his chances of forcing his way into the first team are very slim and he obviously knows that, having yet to make any kind of first team appearance this season.
Being third choice keeper at any club must be a frustrating role. Not every player is happy to Stuart Taylor their way through their career.
Mannone’s desire to go somewhere else to play is an echo of Lukasz Fabianski’s recent appeal to Arsene Wenger ahead of Euro 2012. The Polish
dropper stopper said, “I want my situation to be resolved in the nearest future because I want to play at Euro 2012. I hope Wenger will understand me and we find a solution. I want to play for Arsenal but if not, I will have to go somewhere else, even if it is on loan.”
That both of Szczesny’s understudies want to go is probably a clear indication that they know as long as he stays injury free he’s going to the Arsenal number 1 (13) for years to come.
Mannone’s departure would mean Manuel Almunia moves closer to first action unless Wenger takes the opportunity to promote one of the young keepers at the club – with Argentine Damian Martinez the most likely option.