Arsenal’s third-choice goalkeeper Vito Mannone has taken a pop at his rivals for a place between the Gunners’ sticks. The young Italian decided he would give the confidence of Manuel Almunia and Lukasz Fabianski a much needed boost in an interview with Gazzetto dello Sport.
The 22-year-old, currently sneaking in over age with Italy under 21s, said: “I am happy in London. I love the Premier League. Last year I played nine games and with me, Arsenal never lost.
“They brought Almunia back (to the starting XI) and then Fabianski started in the game at Chelsea (last weekend).
“I get annoyed when I don’t play, it’s not as if the other two do that well. But if I’ve signed a contract extension until 2014 it is because they must value me.”
Hmm. Italian under 21 player based in the Premier League gives controversial interview in Gazzetto dello Sport, which seemingly incites problems with his team-mates but on close inspection is pretty close to the truth: it’s like deja vu all over again.