Vito Mannone has joined Sunderland after spending eight years at Arsenal.

Mannone, who signed from Atalanta on July 1, 2005, made 23 appearances during his time in north London - but it was as a child growing up in the suburbs of Milan that the goalkeeper's love for football first took hold.

Speaking to Arsenal Player in November 2012, Mannone discussed starting out as a right winger, his desire to become a goalkeeper and the importance of loan spells.

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