|27 Jul||7:45 PM||F||Sc Neusiedl 1919 (A)||4||0||Win|
Vito Mannone says he is happy at Arsenal and confident he can challenge for a first-team place this season.
The young goalkeeper put in some decent displays for the Gunners last season in the absence of first choice 'keepers Manuel Amunia and Lukasz Fabianski.
The Italian says he did not expect to make so many appearances for the first-team, and that he enjoyed the opportunity to impress his manager.
With Almunia rumoured to be on the way out, and some doubts over Fabianski's displays last season, Mannone is confident he can give Arsène Wenger something to think about this season.
Speaking to Arsenal TV Online after yesterday's friendly win over SC Neusiedl 1919, he said: "I need to keep going like last season, trying to do my best and if the boss likes me and wants to give me a chance I'm ready for it.
"I'm very young so I'm open to everything. I didn't expect to play nine games last year so I'm ready for anything. Whatever it is, I'm ready to train hard and give my best."
Mannone didn't have much to do in the game, but saved a penalty in the second half, helping his team keep a clean sheet.
On the game, he said: "It was good to have something to do, I was worried I wouldn't touch the ball!
"We've done well and we're coming home with two wins, so everything's perfect. It's been a good training camp for everyone I think."
I didn't expect to play nine games last year so I'm ready for anything.
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