Despite his involvement with Arsène Wenger’s first-team squad during pre-season and a penalty save against SC Neusiedl during the Club’s tour of Austria, Vito Mannone found opportunities hard to come by at Arsenal.

As a result he spent the second half of the 2010/11 season on loan at Hull City.

Vito joined the Championship side on a short-team deal in October and was initially expected to return to Arsenal in January. But the 22-year-old excelled at the KC Stadium and didn’t experience defeat in seven games before the deal was extended until the end of the season at the start of January.

Vito endured a two-month spell on the sidelines with a thigh injury but returned in April to help Hull to a 3-1 win over Doncaster, pulling off a series of vital saves. The goal he conceded in that victory was only the sixth time he had been beaten in more than 13 hours of football.

Hull took 21 points from the ten games the Arsenal loanee featured in before a shoulder problem ended his season prematurely in April.

SOUNDBITE
"If the boss wants to give me a chance I am ready for it. If not, I will carry on in a positive way. I am very young so I am open to everything. I didn't expect to play nine games last year. I am ready to train hard and give my best."

VITO MANNONE 2010/11 SEASON STATS
Competition Appearances Goals
League 0 0
FA Cup 0 0
Carling Cup 0 0
Championship (while on loan at Hull)
10 0
Totals 10 0

FINEST MOMENT
Vito made a fine save to deny Juraj Skripec from the penalty spot as Arsenal completed their Austrian training camp with a straightforward 4-0 victory at SC Neusiedi. The Italian dived to his left to make a wonderful stop.

10/11: SC Neusiedl 0-4 Arsenal - Vito Mannone

Vito Mannone saves a penalty against SC Neusiedl

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