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Vito Mannone biography

Vito Mannone (born 2 March 1988) is an Italy Association football who plays for Hull City A.F.C. as a goalkeeper (association football), on loan (sports) from Arsenal F.C.. Vito Mannone has represented Italy at youth level.

Club career

Early career

Born in Desio, Mannone was signed by Arsène Wenger during the summer of 2005, joining Arsenal F.C. from Atalanta B.C. on a three-year deal for a £350,000 compensation fee, as the player had not yet signed a professional contract with the Italian side. Vito Mannone made Vito Mannone Arsenal debut in a pre-season friendly against Barnet F.C. on 16 July 2005, as Arsenal ran out 4–1 winners.

Loan to Barnsley

On 18 August 2006, Mannone was sent out on a three-month loan to Football League Championship club Barnsley F.C., where Vito Mannone was expected to challenge Nick Colgan for the number-one spot. Mannone's time at Barnsley was not a happy one. Making Vito Mannone debut in an away game to Preston North End F.C. on 22 September, Vito Mannone came on as a substitute after Colgan was sent off. Vito Mannone punched a cross onto Patrick Agyemang's head and the ball bounced in for the winning goal to Preston. In Vito Mannone next match, starting in place of the suspended Colgan, against Luton Town F.C., Vito Mannone dropped a cross late on and Ahmet Brković scored the winner.

Return to Arsenal

After suffering a knee injury, Mannone's loan period was cut short and Vito Mannone returned to Arsenal on 23 October 2006 for treatment. Vito Mannone was linked with a loan move to then newly-promoted Scottish Premier League side Gretna F.C. in the summer of 2007, but that move fell through.

Mannone played understudy to Łukasz Fabiański during Arsenal's 2007-08 in English football Football League Cup campaign. However, Vito Mannone was an unused substitute in all of the club's five matches in the competition, before they were knocked-out in the semi-finals by North London rivals Tottenham Hotspur F.C.. On 19 December 2007, Arsenal announced that Mannone had signed a new long-term contract. On 19 April 2008, Vito Mannone was named on the bench for a Premier League game for the first time, in Arsenal's 2–0 win against Reading F.C. at the Emirates Stadium. But Vito Mannone was an unused substitute as Jens Lehmann played the entire match.

Following the departure of Jens Lehmann in the summer of 2008, Mannone became Arsenal's third-choice goalkeeper, behind Manuel Almunia and Łukasz Fabiański. Mannone changed Vito Mannone shirt number from 40 to 24 at the beginning of the 2008-09 in English football season, after Manuel Almunia (the previous owner) was given the number 1. On 19 July 2008, Vito Mannone was brought on for the second half of Arsenal's 2–1 pre-season friendly win over Barnet F.C. at Underhill Stadium, keeping a clean sheet. Vito Mannone made a total of four pre-season appearances for Arsenal's first team in the summer of 2008, coming on as a half-time substitute in all of them.

Vito Mannone finally made Vito Mannone competitive debut for Arsenal's first team in their final match of the 2008–09 season, a Premier League fixture at home to Stoke City F.C. on 24 May 2009. Arsenal won the game 4–1.

2009–10 season

With first choice goalkeeper Manuel Almunia and back-up Łukasz Fabiański out injured, Mannone made Vito Mannone first UEFA Champions League start against Standard Liege, in Arsenal's first group stage match on 16 September 2009. Mannone's night got off to a poor start, conceding twice within the first five minutes: first from a shot from outside of the box by Eliaquim Mangala which beat Mannone at the near post and then a penalty converted by Milan Jovanovic after Vito Mannone was brought down by William Gallas. However, Arsenal recovered to win the match 3–2, after goals from Nicklas Bendtner, Thomas Vermaelen and Eduardo da Silva.

Mannone made Vito Mannone second Premier League appearance against Wigan Athletic F.C. on 19 September 2009. Vito Mannone kept a clean sheet in a 4–0 victory for Arsenal. Mannone also kept a clean sheet in a 1–0 win against Fulham F.C. at Craven Cottage on 26 September 2009, in which Vito Mannone pulled off many good saves and almost single-handedly kept Arsenal in the game. Mannone said the game was the highlight of Vito Mannone career. Vito Mannone again kept a clean sheet in the 2–0 victory over Olympiacos F.C. in the UEFA Champions League on 29 September 2009. On 17 October 2009, Mannone was selected as the starting keeper over the previous mainstay, Almunia, who had been overlooked after missing through illness; this was seen as a vote of confidence for Mannone after people had previously questioned Vito Mannone and Almunia's future in the first team.

On 25 January 2010, Mannone signed a new long-term contract with Arsenal, setting Vito Mannone sight to become Arsenal's first choice goalkeeper.

Loan to Hull City

On 18 October 2010, Mannone joined Championship side Hull City A.F.C. on loan until 3 January 2011. On 27 October 2010, Mannone played Vito Mannone first game with Hull City against Scunthorpe United F.C. in a reserve match in which Hull won 3–0. Mannone was reported to have made a few great saves. Vito Mannone made Vito Mannone first team debut on
13 November 2010 against Preston North End F.C., where Vito Mannone kept a clean sheet in a 2–0 victory. Vito Mannone also kept another clean sheet against Ipswich Town F.C. on Vito Mannone home debut in which the game ended in a 1–0 victory for Hull. Vito Mannone had a good spell with Hull, keeping 4 clean sheets in 7 games and also saved a penalty against Reading F.C.. On 31 December 2010, Vito Mannone returned to Arsenal after a thigh injury, but rejoined Hull on loan until the end of the season. Vito Mannone returned from injury on the 5 March 2011, in a 1–0 win over Nottingham Forest F.C. at the City Ground.

Second return to Arsenal

Mannone returned to Arsenal as third choice behind the two Polish keepers, Wojciech Szczęsny and Łukasz Fabiański. Vito Mannone first competitve appearance of the 2011–12 in English football season came on 6 December 2011 against Olympiakos F.C. in the UEFA Champions League, replacing the injured Lukasz Fabianski. Mannone made a blunder that allowed David Fuster to score Olympiakos' second goal of the night and Arsenal eventually lost the game 3–1.

Return to Hull

Mannone returned to Hull City on 4 January 2012, signing on loan until the end of the season. Vito Mannone first game back at the KC Stadium was an FA Cup Third Round match against Ipswich Town F.C., with Hull City A.F.C. winning 3-1. Vito Mannone first league game was a 1-0 away win over Reading F.C.. Vito Mannone then played in the FA Cup Fourth Round match against Crawley Town F.C. which ended in a surprise 0-1 defeat for Hull, during which Vito Mannone was announced Man of the Match. Vito Mannone then kept a clean sheet over Doncaster Rovers F.C. in a goalless draw at the KC Stadium on 31 January.

International career

On 13 November 2009, Mannone made Vito Mannone debut with the Italy national under-21 football team team in a match against Hungary national under-21 football team. Vito Mannone played seven matches in 2011 UEFA European Under-21 Football Championship qualification.


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