Mannone is only 24 but he considers himself to be one of the squadâ€™s â€˜elder statesmenâ€™ after seven years with Arsenal. And like all goalkeepers, he needs a run of games to demonstrate his true credentials.
"The most important thing for a keeper is to play," he told arsenal.com. "Only one plays and itâ€™s difficult for the ones not playing because you lose your sharpness, your game time, your game experience. So when you do get on the pitch itâ€™s not easy [to be at your best straight away].
"Itâ€™s been a great experience [at Arsenal]. Most of the boys are new and I feel like an old one even though Iâ€™m 24! I know the place and everybody here and Iâ€™m really happy when Iâ€™m involved, like now. I would like to be involved more and more and establish myself."