Goalkeeper sets sights on Serie A.
Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone has set his sights on a future move to AC Milan – but insists he wants to make his name at the Emirates before returning to his homeland.
Injuries to Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski have afforded Mannone first-team football this term and he has impressed in their absence, having kept two clean sheets in five Premier League outings.
The Italian believes he is now ready to challenge Szczesny for the number one jersey, before revealing that he would love to switch to the San Siro at some stage in his career.
Speaking to Corriere della Sera, the 24-year-old said: “It’s good at Arsenal, I want to be number one here.
“Then [I want to] return to Italy and play in Serie A, perhaps with AC Milan, my favorite team.
“And finally, with the national team – I am already proven at youth level but with the seniors is another thing.”
Don’t panic just yet Arsenal fans. Judging from the above it doesn’t sound as if young Italian ‘keeper Vito Mannone is hankering for a transfer any time soon.
But the 24-year-old has admitted he would love to play for AC Milan at some time in the future.
Mannone, who has represented Italy at under-21 level, has also stated his desire to be number one at the Emirates and there is a compelling argument that he deserves his chance, after looking more solid than regular starter Wojciech Szczesny so far this campaign.
The Italian has enjoyed two loan spells at Hull City in recent seasons and fans of the Championship outfit will testify how good a ‘keeper Mannone is.
He has not let down Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger in his handful of appearances so far this season, whereas Szczesny was guilty of a poor mistake against Southampton, that led to Danny Fox’s consolation goal – the first the Gunners concede this season.
If Mannone continues his form, he may well achieve his goal of securing the number one jersey at the Emirates or San Siro.
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