Arsene Wenger has backed Wojciech Szczesny as the club’s number 1 keeper, but says that Vito Mannone’s recent performances have given him pause for thought.
Of the three established goalkeepers at the club the smart money would probably have gone on the Italian moving out on loan as the Polish 1-2 pecking order seemed well established. However, after two clean sheets and two very solid performances, Mannone is now right in the mix according to the boss.
“He has done really well. Vito was allowed to move at the start of the season, to play somewhere,” he told the official site.
“Now he has been No 1 for two games and has at least moved into being a serious candidate to be fighting for the place. At the moment, Wojciech is but there is a fight there and it is interesting.
“We have three goalkeepers who have the talent to play in the Premier League and to fight for the No 1 place. That’s Wojciech, Fabianski and Mannone.
“Usually we keep two and let one go away to play, because they need to play. Now Vito has taken advantage of the fact that Fabianski and Wojciech were injured.”
It is funny how quickly things change in football. There was a collective browing of underpants at the thoughts of Mannone facing Stoke, but after coping with their style of play and keeping a clean sheet at Anfield, there are now debates about whether or not Szczesny should be brought back ahead of him.
Arseblog News feels the Pole should return but that the confidence gained by Mannone as he filled in will do him, and us, a lot of good in the long run.