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Vito Mannone


Vito Mannone is an Italian goalkeeper for Arsenal. Mannon joined Arsenal from Atalanta on a three-year deal for a compensation fee of £350,000 and made his debut in a pre-season friendly against Barnet on 16 July 2005, with Arsenal winning 4-1. On 18 August 2006, Mannone was transferred to Barnsley on a three month loan. However his time at Barnsley wasn't exactly productive and he returned to Arsenal on 23 October 2006 for treatment following a knee injury. After Jens Lehmann departed in the summer of 2008, Mannone became Arsenal's third-choice goalkeeper. He finally made his competitive debut for Arsenal's first team in their final match of the 2008–09 season with Arsenal winning the game 4–1. In the season 2009-10, Mannone made his first UEFA Champions League start against Standard Liege. Though Mannone fared poorly, conceding twice within the first five minutes, Arsenal won the match by one point. On 25 January 2010, Mannone signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, setting his sight to become Arsenal's first choice goalkeeper. After this Mannone was loaned out to Hull City twice, once in 2010 and another time in 2012. He then played in the FA Cup Fourth Round match against Hull City which ended in 0-1 defeat for Hull during which he earned the Man of the Match title. Mannone has also played for his national team- Italy U-21 against Hungary.
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