Fulham 0 – 1 Arsenal
Stand in goalkeeper Vito Mannone was the hero for Arsenal after a scrappy 1-0 win at Fulham.
The young Italian made FIVE stunning saves and keep his and Arsenal’s 2nd clean sheet in the league in a row.
The Gunners and with number one keeper Manuel Almunia had failed to keep a single clean sheet in SIX games this season before Mannone got his chance to impress.
Our 3rd choice keeper put in a man of the match performance and has now not been beat in 180mins of first team football..”Take a bow son”
I only hope that wenger treats Mannone better then he treated Alex Manninger who covered for David Seaman in 96-97, Manninger enjoyed a spell of EIGHT clean sheets in a row, a club record.
Wenger should have keep him as our number 1 but as soon as Seaman returned to fitness, Manninger was dropped. Manninger was never the same player after that as he knew that no matter how well he did he was never going to be Wengers number 1 and his confidence was gone.
“IF” Mannone carries on like this i hope Wenger sticks by him and gives him a chance AHEAD of Almunia who for me has been VERY poor this season.
But lets end this on a positive note, 1-0,3pts and a clean sheet.
You can debate this more in this thread We need a new number ONE
Mannone 9 MOTM (Unbeatable)
Sagna 7 Good forward, But his crossing let him down
Gallas 7 Pretty Solid, Won a lot of headers
Vermaelem 7.5 Great player, Solid
Clichy 6.5 Shakey
Song 8.5 Was very good today
Diaby 6.5 Ermmmh? Did ok
Fabregas 6 Apart from the pass to RVP for the goal, Our worst player, But one pass that won us the game.
Bendtner 6.5 Wasted on the wing..AGAIN
Van Persie 7.5 Took his goal well, That right foot is getting better : )
Arshavin 6 First game back and looked well off the pace
Subs, Rosicky 7, Eboue 6