vito mannone

Factfile: Vito Mannone

by Ashley Houghton

Fast facts about Sunderland's new keeper.

- Born in Desio, Italy on 2nd March 1988

- Signed as youth team goalkeeper by Arsenal after impressing in Atalanta’s academy

- Moved to London in 2005 as a 17-year-old

- Capped seven times at under-21 level by Italy

- Joined Barnsley on loan in 2006 and made four appearances in his two months at Oakwell

- Continued his development in North London during the 2007-08 campaign and starred for the reserves on multiple occasions

- Made his Arsenal debut in May 2009 as the Gunners beat Stoke City 1-0 at the Emirates Stadium

- The following season Mannone grasped his first-team opportunity with a fine performance in a 1-0 win at Fulham which led to widespread recognition and seven more appearances over the campaign.

- The Italian joined Hull City on loan in October 2010 and played seven games before injury cut short his stay with the Tigers

- Mannone returned to Hull in March and played three more games before returning to Arsenal

- He returned to UEFA Champions League action for Arsenal in 2011 as the Gunners lost to Olympiakos

- In January 2012, Mannone re-joined Hull on loan and played 21 times as the Tigers finished eighth in the Championship

- Last season, Mannone played 13 times for Arsenal between August and November as the Gunners lost both Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski to injury.