By Chris Harris


Vito Mannone is fully focused on fighting for his place in the Arsenal side after a successful loan spell at Hull City.

The Italian goalkeeper spent the second half of last season at the KC Stadium and excelled either side of a two-month lay-off through injury.

Since returning to Arsenal, Mannone has played a full part in pre-season and is ready to challenge Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski for the No 1 spot.

"It's going well," he told Arsenal.com. "I'm focused here. I'm having a good pre-season with Arsenal and I'm trying to fight hard for the place.

"I've enjoyed pre-season - there is a bit more focus on the training and the fans have been incredible, especially when we went to Asia."

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