Vito Mannone will spend the rest of 2019 in the USA after signing for Minnesota United on a loan until January 2020.

LONDON, ENGLAND - JULY 30: Vito Mannone of Arsenal directs his defence during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Boca Juniors at the Emirates Stadium on July 30, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)
LONDON, ENGLAND – JULY 30: Vito Mannone of Arsenal directs his defence during the Emirates Cup match between Arsenal and Boca Juniors at the Emirates Stadium on July 30, 2011 in London, England. (Photo by Richard Heathcote/Getty Images)

The former Arsenal shot-stopper left the club in 2013 after seven years when he was sold to Sunderland for £2.16m.

He remained with the Black Cats for four seasons before they sold him to Reading for £2.07m in 2017.

47 appearances in two years with the Royals has seen him shipped out on yet another loan – the fourth of his career after Arsenal sent him to Barnsley and Hull (twice).

In all, Mannone played 23 times for the Arsenal first team, more than he played for the u23s.

He conceded 27 goals and kept six cleansheets.

Speaking back in 2016, Mannone revealed that he did not have a ‘human relationship’ with Arsene Wenger.

“With him [Wenger], I didn’t have a great human relationship,” Mannone told Gazetta dello Sport.

“He never believed in me, but when I played with Sunderland at the Emirates after that fantastic evening at Old Trafford [when he saved two penalties in Capital One Cup semi-final], he said: ‘I have to compliment you, you are a great goalkeeper’.

“His words were sincere. They made me happy.”

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