A growing number of Arsenal fans are becoming concerned about the reliability, or lack of it, exhibited by our Italian keeper Vito Mannone. With both Polish stoppers, Wojciech Szczesny and Lucasz Fabianski, still in the treatment room there have been calls for Arsene Wenger to give Damien Martinez an opportunity in the first team.
Wenger has rejected this idea and is determined to show confidence in Mannone. The manager has discussed things with the young keeper and is doing what he can to bolster his confidence. Mannone must be aware that he has made some bad mistakes recently, but losing confidence could make things much worse for him and for Arsenal.
“I’ve spoken to Mannone. We both know mistakes can happen to every big keeper.
“But I’m not tempted to play Martinez. The biggest quality of a keeper is experience. Putting an even less experienced keeper in now wouldn’t be the right thing.”
Wenger is trying to boost Mannone’s confidence but he is also telling the truth. It is frustrating for Gooners to see Mannone make a mistake but it does happen. Remember that in Szczesny’s last game against Southampton he fumbled an easy ball that led to Arsenal conceding their first goal of the season.
After putting in one of the best goalkeeping displays I have seen in a long time against Borussia Dortmund, Joe Hart made a mistake last Saturday that almost cost Manchester City. Mannone needs to quickly put it behind him and concentrate on the job at hand.
Wenger is doing the right thing, and as long as Mannone does not let his mistakes get to him, the experience he is gaining now will help him in the future. Having said that, if he blunders tonight I will be shouting some serious abuse at my TV screen, he might even hear me.
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