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Which keeper is future Arsenal No1…Easy choice for me!

At the pub I was asked “Your a Gooner who’s the best of your bad lot between the sticks”? For me no thought needed. Big bad Vito ‘Don’ Mannone. He may look like Harry Potters Viktor Krum, he may be out on loan at the Tigers, he may be recovering from an injury…but for me, he is the future of Arsenal.

Maybe it is the Italian goalkeeping Genes, grim stare or the calm air but for me ‘fourth choice’ is a dirty word to describe Vito. When playing Vito has had most shut outs per game. Clean sheets are something of a modern rarity that have George Graham pulling out the remainder of his hair. Almunia WAS solid but has lost confidence, nerve or if over critical both. Glimpses of class are no substitute for Vito’s consistency.

Fabianski has grown in stature and regular games have bred confidence and an assurance in the nets…but again like a Polish vampire he seems to fear crosses and for every perfect punch we get three floppy Fabby flaps.

Sczesny the flavour of the month and I agree could be the taste of the next ten to fifteen years. For all he is the better of the two Poles, Vito still wins out. Vito has a ‘different’ presence and ingrained experience. The defense is more organised and Vito has more vocality over his four defensive charges.

Each provides a competent case for the job but for me our Krum look a like is  laid waiting in the shadows of Hull, waiting to return to the Gooners and prove his composure, class and his rightful glove laden throne. Not only for Arsenal but also as the future of Italy, I believe Vito will win out.

I have a feeling we have a special keeper waiting to claim his place. Do any other Gooner’s, Italians, Goalkeeping connoisseurs or Harry Potter fans agree?



  1. steve

    February 22, 2011 at 9:59 am

    sczesny twice the goalie manone is he our nos 1 end
    & fab is nos 2 get rid of alinuim he is will be never a nos in my book even at celta a two 7 at racing ferol a two

  2. Foxy

    February 22, 2011 at 10:07 am

    I am assuming you where wasted in the pub when that idiotiv comment came out of your gob?………………..Chezney is twice as good as Don Vito although the Don is better than the other 2 chumps Flapianski,& Aliminium

    • leecrossland

      February 22, 2011 at 8:03 pm

      Idiot comment…harsh…its an opinionated discussion not direct “I know better”. I appreciate your opinion but please know me before you insult me…

  3. rishgoon

    February 22, 2011 at 10:11 am

    Nothing against Mannone but has been clumsy for Arsenal in the cup when he’s played. Szczesny is the man. There’s a reason why he is Arsenals number 1 and Mannone Hulls number 2.

    • leecrossland

      February 22, 2011 at 7:58 pm

      Yes, Mannone has an injury

  4. venky

    February 22, 2011 at 10:43 am


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  6. goonernim

    February 22, 2011 at 11:30 am

    The don probably makes a better lasagne than shezza but thats about it im afraid.

  7. Gooner B

    February 22, 2011 at 11:48 am

    Thank you very much,I couldnt have said it better myself.Though gooners everywhere are raving about sczsney,what they fail to notice is that our defence is not as porous as it was during Manone’s stint.Gooners may not realise it but Manone is by far the best keeper we have.The two blunders he commited last season happened while he tried to reach balls that none of our current goalkeepers would have reached.Moreover when it comes to reflexes non of the three can match him.For winning that fulham much for us i still salute Vito Manone.

  8. Benttoes

    February 22, 2011 at 12:23 pm

    Szczesny. 12 games. 6 clean sheets. makes djourou and kozzer feel comfortable.. what exactly is this post about :S

    • leecrossland

      February 22, 2011 at 7:59 pm

      Being open minded and looking at what other options and talent are available.

      • Benttoes

        February 22, 2011 at 8:21 pm

        its not open minded tho.. its underminding our current number 1 who is playin great and is the mist assured thing weve had in goal since seaman began his downfall

        • jungz_78

          February 23, 2011 at 4:04 am

          couldn’t agree more with you mate… let’s just enjoy the moment… right now Szczesny is our no 1, vito isn’t…

  9. Davi

    February 22, 2011 at 1:17 pm

    I’ve followed him a bit as well, and it seems he has done brilliantly while on loan. Is he a better prospect than szczesny? Personally I think not. Arsenal’s defence has been great with woj in goal, although Djourou is perhaps the biggest reason for that.
    Anyway, it looks as though we have two great GK prospects. I hope we can keep hold of them both and they can fight it out for the no.1 spot for years to come.

    • leecrossland

      February 22, 2011 at 8:01 pm

      I agree. My point was in my humble opinion Mannone is better, but yes Mannone and Sceszny hold our goalkeeping future.

  10. keith

    February 22, 2011 at 2:41 pm

    Has anyone relised that the last time we lost when Djourou started a game was 2008


    February 22, 2011 at 3:24 pm

    Job well done, I totaly blv vito is our future no1. I kw szzy is doing the job very well now, but think vito is better than him. All the same, I wish both of them goodluck.

  12. forever gooners

    February 22, 2011 at 4:03 pm

    vito is 100% far than szzy and fabiaski, thats all i can say about this and he will be our number one when his back

  13. sm

    February 23, 2011 at 6:00 am

    Wenger has the final word and he has always said it’s Szczesny who’s meant to the number one.

    • leecrossland

      February 23, 2011 at 7:02 pm

      The same Wenger who said he has 4 quality keepers who would fight for the right to wear the number one shirt.

  14. sm

    February 24, 2011 at 8:15 am

    Wenger wants all of them to believe they have a chance but nevertheless it’s quite obvious who he rates more highly. He has never praised Mannone even half as much as Szczesny.

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