Vito Mannone’s eight-year career at Arsenal is over after the Italian completed a permanent move to Sunderland for a fee in the region of £1.5 million.
The deal, which is a two-year contract, sees the 25-year-old replace Belgian stopper Simon Mignolet who recently moved to Liverpool and offers the Don a serious shot at regular Premier League football.
Signed in 2005 from Atalanta, the former Italian under-21 international has only ever had sporadic opportunities at the Emirates mostly playing when both Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski were sidelined with injuries.
Mannone did win a Man of the Match award for a performance away at Fulham a couple of years back and excelled during two loan spells at Hull City, however, despite being a steady presence his departure comes as little surprise with Arsene Wenger on the hunt for an experienced alternative.
Arseblog News wishes Don Vito all the best up north…he’s going to need it working under maniacal compatriot Paulo di Canio.