Once a Gunner, always a Gunner, here at Daily Cannon we’ve always kept an eye on what people formerly connected with Arsenal have been up to. Here’s a round-up of the most notable things ex-Arsenal people have got up to this week.

Vito Mannone signs for Monaco
Vito Mannone signs for Monaco


Armand Traore has hit out at being labelled a ‘bad egg’ and is looking forward to the future after ending his Turkish nightmare.

Rennes are trying to sign Jeff Reine-Adelaide who has made it clear he’s ready to leave Lyon. They have lodged a second bid of €23m after one for €20m was rejected.

Francis Coquelin helped Unai Emery to his second win in four games as Villarreal manager, albeit in another friendly match, ahead of the new La Liga season getting underway.

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Martin Keown made it known while commenting on Fulham vs Arsenal that he isn’t a fan of Mikel Arteta speaking to the players in multiple languages. It’s not, he said, how Arsene Wenger would have done it.

Kieran Tierney met Ian Wright

Henrikh Mkhitaryan spoke about leaving Arsenal for Roma after Alexis Sanchez said he wanted to leave Manchester United after 1 day.

Former Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone has signed for AS Monaco, his first permanent club outside England as a senior player.

HARRISON, NEW JERSEY - APRIL 06: Vito Mannone #1 of Minnesota United gets in position during the second half against the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena on April 06, 2019 in Harrison, New Jersey.The Minnesota United defeated the New York Red Bulls 2-1. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)
HARRISON, NEW JERSEY: Vito Mannone #1 of Minnesota United on April 06, 2019. (Photo by Elsa/Getty Images)

On 12 September, Monaco announced the signature of Vito Mannone, in a free transfer move from Reading.

Many of you may remember that Mannone started his transition to senior football at Arsenal. He joined the club in 2005, making 23 appearances in all competitions and going on three loans in the following eight years, before moving on to Sunderland.

After three seasons in Sunderland, Mannone joined Reading, but didn’t last long. Just over a year later, he was on loan in the MLS for Minnesota United, then Esbjerg fB in the Danish Superliga.

Just when it seemed like the 32-year-old’s career was only heading in one direction, he went and joined AS Monaco. He’s signing a two-year deal with the French club, his first time back in one of Europe’s top-five leagues since 2016/17.

In fairness, Mannone has had some recent success. On his loan to Minnesota in 2019, he won the MLS Goalkeeper of the Year award. The team reached the U.S. Open Cup final and had a strong record at the back all year.

The test now is to find that same form in France, when he gets a chance.

Not ex-Arsenal but sort of connected and well worth a read – Once tipped to replace Arsene Wenger, Owen Coyle has joined Jamshedpur FC.