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Napoli keen on Arsenal ‘keeper

Talksport claim that Serie A side Napoli are looking at bringing in Arsenal’s backup goalkeeper Vito Mannone.

Napoli’s current number one ‘keeper is Morgan De Sanctis, who is 35-years-old. The article claims that the Italians would like to bring in Mannone initially as a backup, with a view to him becoming their first choice in the near future.

The 24-year-old stopper has not always convinced Arsenal fans, and it would appear that he has not convinced the boss either. The Italian is very much a backup to Wojciech Szczesny and it’s hard to see that changing.

It makes sense that clubs might look at Mannone as having some potential, as he perhaps hasn’t had much of a chance to prove himself at Arsenal. It would also make sense that he himself might be keen on a return to his native Italy. However, I can’t see Arsenal being willing to sell him at this stage. For a backup, he’s actually quite solid and it would be another unnecessary stress for Arsene Wenger to find himself another ‘keeper who’d be willing to come in and sit on the bench.

If Wenger feels like bringing in a goalkeeper to challenge Szczesny, I would think it would be in the summer after a bit more planning. For now, there are other positions that are more of a priority, so I think he’ll probably want to keep Mannone around as a backup for now.

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