Monday, September 17, 2012

WENGER PUTS FAITH IN VITO MANNONE IN GOAL FOR ARSENAL


Arsenal coach, Arsene Wenger has every confidence Vito Mannone holds the 'mental strength' to put his Champions League nightmare behind him when he returns to top-flight European action in Montpellier on Tuesday.

First choice, Wojciech Szczesny suffered an ankle injury in the 6-1 Barclays Premier League win over Southampton at the weekend, which was his first game back since a rib problem.

The Italian had kept two clean sheets, at Stoke and Liverpool, deputising for the Poland international earlier this season which is in marked contrast to his last European performance for the Gunners, when he produced a calamitous display in the defeat at Olympiacos last December.

A productive four-month loan spell at npower Championship side Hull built up the confidence of the 24-year-old once again, though, and Wenger has no issue with throwing Mannone straight into the action at Stade La Mosson.

With Lukasz Fabianski also sidelined because of injury, and Argentina youth international Damian Martinez not on Arsenal's Champions League squad list, 21-year-old Academy product James Shea will take an unexpected place on the bench.

Source: DAILYMAIL

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