By Richard Clarke

Vito Mannone has strenuously denied he has any concerns about his future at Arsenal and, in contrast, believes this is his best period in seven years at the Club.

Media reports on Sunday morning suggested the keeper was “anxious” over a new deal and may seek to leave next summer if a contract could not be agreed. However, speaking to later that day, the Italian confirmed he was focused solely on securing his place as Arsenal’s No 1. Mannone already has a long-term deal in place and has impressed since taking the gloves from the injured Wojciech Szczesny.

“Neither myself nor anyone from my family or friends have spoken about any deal,” said the 24-year-old, who signed from Atalanta back in 2005. “At the moment I am really happy and just focusing on training and playing well.

“I am trying to be the No 1 for this Club and win trophies. That is my only concern and I would like to make that clear.

“The boss has given me the chance. I have to keep going and prove myself in every single game. This is my best time at Arsenal so I would crazy to not take the chance to put up a fight for my place.

“I am really happy and honoured to play for this Club. I am loving every minute of each game. West Ham was a great win in a tough place and I was happy to give my contribution.

“I just want to tell everyone I am just trying do well and give something back to the fans who support the team as well as the boss who has given me the chance.”

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7 Oct 2012