Vito Mannone has hinted that he’ll likely leave Arsenal next summer if he’s not given any playing time before the end of the season.
Deputising for Wojciech Szczesny at the beginning of the season, the Italian made 13 appearances (including nine in the Premier League), but despite a couple of promising showings did little to convince Arsene Wenger that he was first choice material.
Reduced to a place on the bench, which might be in danger with the perma-crocked Lukasz Fabianski close to full fitness, it’s somewhat unsurprising to hear the 24-year-old is open to a move next summer even though he stressed his loyalty to the cause as recently as October.
Cornered by Italian media (and translated by Sport Witness) after last night’s defeat to Bayern, Mannone is quoted as saying:
“I’ve had a long experience here, now I’m open to everything.
“If I do not play by June, I’m willing to go back to Italy or to try a new adventure in England. The important thing is to play.”
Taking the last statement into consideration it must have been a very frustrating year for Mannone. He’s older than Szczesny but not trusted to play, fitter than Fabianski but on paper behind him in the pecking order and in eager to play but, due to a scarcity of other options, unable to go out on loan. Being a goalkeeper is weird.