Italian stopper hits out at Arsenal contract rumours

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Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone has moved to dismiss reports that he is fretting over his career in north London as the club stall over a new contract for the Italian.

Weekend reports suggested the 24-year-old is concerned he does not feature in the Gunners' long-term plans, despite a number of impressive performances in the absence of Wojciech Szczesny.

Mannone has found himself as Arsene Wenger's first choice with Szczesny and regular No.2 Lukasz Fabianski both injured, but reportedly has not been given any assurances that he has a future at the Emirates Stadium.

The Arsenal gloveman, however, has denied he is worried about a new deal with the Gunners, and is content with life as he focuses on trying to claim the No.1 spot on a permanent basis.

"Neither myself nor anyone from my family or friends have spoken about any deal," Mannone told "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."

Mannone joined the Arsenal academy from Atalanta seven years ago and has spent loan spells with Barnsley and Hull, and made 21 appearances for the Tigers in the Championship last season.

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