(born 2 March 1988) is an Italian footballer
who plays for Arsenal
, as a goalkeeper
Born in Desio
, Mannone was signed by Arsène Wenger
during the summer of 2005, joining Arsenal
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. He made his Arsenal debut in a pre-season friendly against Barnet
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 Championship
, where he was expected to challenge Nick Colgan
for the number-one spot. Mannone's time at Barnsley was not a happy one – on his debut away to Preston North End
on 22 September, he came on as a substitute after Colgan was sent off was unlucky to give Preston the winning goal, punching the ball onto Patrick Agyemang
's head. In his next match, against Luton Town
, starting in place of the suspended Colgan, he 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 he returned to Arsenal on 23 October for treatment. He was linked with a loan move to then newly-promoted Scottish Premier League
in the summer of 2007, but that move fell through.
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