So, our Italian Stallion want’s to one day return to Italy and play for AC Milan!
Former under-21 international goalkeeper Vito Mannone has been talking to Corriere della Sera:
I am happy at Arsenal and want to be Number 1 here, then I’d love to return to Italy and play in Serie A, hopefully with my beloved Milan. I have always supported the Rossoneri. And finally, the Nazionale, which I already experienced at youth level, but the senior Italy squad is very different.
I had some tough time, as in 2009 I played for 10 games after [Manuel] Almunia’s injury, but the manager did not think I was ready. I was absolutely furious and wanted to leave. Now I understand and have achieved maturity by working hard.
Well well, there is a man with big ambitions. Same old though isn’t it, stay at a club where players get pampered, treated like royalty and paid handsomely. A club which gives younger players a chance, as Mannone found out in 2009 and now he has had a few games between the posts returning to AC Milan has become his long-term target.
Why doesn’t he want to be our number one goal keeper and stay as that until he’s finished?
Bearing what he has said in mind, should he be offered a new contract before the summer or just let him go now and don’t waste our time on a guy who really doesn’t see his future with us, well, not once he’s good enough to be AC Milan’s goalkeeper.
Could be a long long wait!
Talking of long waits, it seems ours, to remain patient with the board/manager at Arsenal, is drawing to an end!
Well, according to Ivan Gazidis.
UEFA have now introduced Financial Fair Play guidelines for clubs to live within their means and from next season they want clubs to balance their books in order to bring their annual deficits down by 2018.
As we all know, FFP will probably make little difference to us as we have been running within our means for a few years now. Having posted a healthy pre-tax profit, Gazidis is bragging about how we are the club to follow.
Arsenal were operating this way a long time before football looked at it and decided it would be a good path for football to move into.
I bet he loved saying that!
During those times of
selling our best players to help fund our move to The Emirates not overspending, Arsene Wenger has been at the brunt of many fans criticism. He has sold off our best players and replaced them with what many believe to have been second-rate or very average players and because of it, our best achievement for a seven years now has been top four.
Gazidis believes Wenger’s way to have been brave rather than just being tight with the clubs money:
I don’t think Arsene is conservative, I think he is extraordinarily brave. I think he does things others don’t do and sees things others don’t see.
Arsene is not fixed on the price of a player in assessing a player’s value, he will look with equal weight at a young player who is coming through the Arsenal academy and a player that might be available with a very hefty price tag from overseas.
He is not afraid to spend money when he believes in a player and sees a player he thinks can kick us forward but he is not obsessed with the security that a big transfer fee might give him.
I think the time when we have to continue to ask them (Arsenal supporters) for patience is coming to an end and I think we will be able to deliver the kind of success they want on a consistent basis going forward as one of the leading clubs in Europe.
Gazidis went onto say that he understood the criticism that has come the club’s way over the last few years because of the lack of silverware.
But he’s convinced the wait for a trophy will soon be over!
Hope he means for us….
Finally, reports came out yesterday that Koscielny had picked up a nasty injury in training with France. Not sure how much truth is in this or how bad any supposed injury is, have to wait and see throughout the day.
That’s it for another day, have a good one all.