Mannone targeting Arsenal first-team spot

The Italian goalkeeper has flourished in Wojciech Szczesny's absence and hopes to cement his place as the Gunners' first-choice keeper in the coming weeks
Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone has warned Wojciech Szczesny that he will have to fight to reclaim his place in Arsenal’s starting XI.

The Italian shot-stopper has kept a clean sheet in both his appearances against Stoke and Liverpool this season while deputising for the injured Szczesny.
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The Polish keeper is expected to be fit for Arsenal’s game against Southampton at the Emirates on September 5, but Mannone’s impressive performances could see him retain his place between the sticks.

“I just roll up my sleeves and try to work because I know I can do well,” he told the club’s official website.

“When you are number one, you feel important and like the happiest man in the world, that sort of feeling gives me the chance to go onto the pitch with confidence.

“I would like to be involved more and more and establish myself.”

Mannone is relishing competing with Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski this season, and believes the added competition will benefit all three keepers.

“It is a good fight between the keepers because we know the level is quite high and you need to keep working and improve yourself to get the first spot,” he added.