Mannone set to become Mignolet replacement at Stadium of Light

After losing Simon Mignolet to Liverpool, Sunderland have been searching Europe to try and find an adequate replacement for the Belgian.

It’s seems that they haven’t had to look to far for their new target as The Black Cats are poised to sign Vito Mannone from Arsenal for £2.5m.

Mannone has found himself frozen on the outside at the Emirates since becoming part of the first team squad often being seen as the third choice keeper for Arsene Wenger.

With the lack of opportunities at the Emirates, Mannone has started to look elsewhere to try and kickstart his career.

Numerous reports that talks between the two sides are already underway and that a deal could be completed by the end of the week.

Mannone has been at Arsenal for the past 7 years but whilst the club has been through its fair share of keepers, the Italian has never been able to establish himself fully as the number 1.

The 25 year old has showed glimpses of potential in some displays for the Gunners but also showed some errors which saw him fall behind the likes of Wojcech Szczeszny and Lukas Fabianski.

However, Mannone has shown some promise and a two year loan spell at Hull City in the Championship showed what the Italian can be capable of as he showed some consistency and impressive form during that time.

It also helped Mannone make a few appearances for Arsenal last season where he notched up 9 appearances last year and kept back to back clean sheets in the Premier League for the first time.

It’ll be this sort of form that Sunderland will be hoping from should they sign the Italian from Arsenal in their bid to gain a new number 1 keeper.

Simon Mignolet had been the established first choice at the Stadium of Light for the last 2 years but the Belgian left the club after signing for Liverpool earlier in the week.

This now means that Irish international Kieren Westwood is the only senior keeper in their squad meaning that there is a desperate need at the club for reinforcements.

Whilst Westwood has some experience in the league and on the international scene, the 29 year old didn’t feature last season at all for the club.

It means that Paolo Di Canio will need to focus on bringing in the likes of Mannone to try and ensure that the club’s goalkeeping gaps are filled by the time the season starts up against next month.

Andrew Roach is writer and editor of A keen Arsenal fan who is always on the pulse of all things at the Emirates!