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Wojciech Szczesny - I fear for my Arsenal future.

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There have been many discussions about who should be the main back up to Wojciech Szczesny in the Arsenal goal, and Vito Mannone is generally quoted as the fourth-choice keeper at the Emirates.

But while Manuel Almunia seems to be happy just killing time while collecting 50,000 a week until his contract runs out, and Lukasz Fabianski moaning about losing his place in the Poland team (and Arsenal) to his younger countryman, Mannone has been quietly making a name for himself out on loan at Hull City in the Championship.

The Tigers drew 0-0 with Brighton in midweek which meant that Mannone had broken a clean-sheet record held since 1908 and he has now gone nine hours and 44 minutes since conceding, and the club has moved to within two points of a play-off place.

Mannone himself refused to take the credit personally and congratulated the whole team. “It is a great achievement for everyone. You could see against Brighton we defended with character and looked really solid, from the front man all the way through the team.

“It was a good feeling to get the clean sheet, even though I was disappointed not to have won.

“Playing behind this defence is great because I know where I need help. They are always there. Also, in the last six games I have been able to help them out when needed so that has been pleasing.

“We are all very proud, especially as it is a long time since the club managed six in a row. I once went five games for Italy Under-21s. I also had a few good runs at Arsenal but never six before.

“As a goalkeeper, clean sheets are what I live for. My job is to keep the ball out of the net so to do it, with a lot of help from the team, is very pleasing.â€


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