Vito Mannone has pinpointed new boys Lukas Podolski and Santi Cazorla as Arsenal’s stand out performers so far this season and believes that if the squad maintain their focus they can challenge for the title.
The Italian international, who also took time to dismiss any suggestions that he wants to leave the Emirates, said he’s been impressed by the way two of Arsene Wenger’s summer signings have settled in North London.
“All the new lads have settled really quickly,” the keeper told Arsenal Player.“Normally you take a lot of time to achieve that comfortable feeling about yourself in England because it’s not easy.
“It’s a different mentality and different football. I would say Podolski and Cazorla are the main ones; they’ve been great so far. I hope we can achieve something with them.”
Reflecting on the solid start to the season, Mannone assessed that from both a personal and collective point of view, things were looking solid.
“I’m pleased,” he said. “The team is doing great, we had all the big games already apart from a couple.”
“It’s not easy because every game in the Premier League and Champions League is a big game for this club so you need to have the right standard and you need prove to everybody what you’ve got.
“We’ve had a few good wins and a good draws away as well away I think. Not many other teams will get draws at Man City or a win at West Ham or a win at Liverpool.”
“We started the Champions League well as well and the team has a good base to kick-on and I’m looking forward to some good achievements.
Looking further down the line, Mannone also sounded a warning to Arsenal’s title rivals stressing that despite a lengthy wait for a trophy the club has a winning mentality.
“I think we have a good solid squad and we can go for it. I have no doubt, if we keep our focus and keep our mentality it’s not a doubt that we’re going to challenge for the title.
“This club is a club made for victories, this is not a club who wants to do well [settling] for third or fourth place. This club wants to win trophies. I hope we’re going to win trophies and I want to help this team to do it.”
It would take a foolish opponent to cross Don Vito. Let’s hope his warning sends shudders down the spines of opponents across the globe…