Goalkeeper Vito Mannone has joined Hull City on loan until the end of the season.

The 23 year-old Italian also enjoyed a loan spell at the KC Stadium last term, helping the Championship side to accrue 21 points in his ten appearances.

He returns to East Yorkshire hoping to continue that good form and to provide a boost to the Tigers in their bid for promotion.

Mannone has featured once for the Arsenal first-team this season in the Champions League Group Stage match away to Olympiacos, and ten times in total since joining the Club from Atalanta at the age of 17.

As well as being a regular in the Arsenal Reserves since his arrival, Vito had a loan stint with Barnsley in 2006.

Mannone, who signed a new long-term contract in January 2010, has represented Italy at Under-21 level.

Everyone at Arsenal wishes Vito well for his time with Nick Barmby’s side.

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4 Jan 2012