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Sunderland boss Sam Allardyce has some bad news for the Wenger-out Arsenal fans

24 Apr

Allardyce says Sunderland’s ex-Arsenal keeper Vito Mannone was right to quit the Gunners in 2013.

The Italian, 28, won the struggle for the Black Cats’ No 1 spot with Costel Pantilimon, who Allardyce sold to Watford in January.

And Allardyce reckons the return of England Under-21 keeper Jordan Pickford, 22, from a loan spell with Preston, has pressured Mannone into producing the goods.

Allardyce said: “Maturity is a great thing for a keeper. I think the size of the club and Vito’s age when he first went to Arsenal was difficult for him.

“When that’s the case, you’re better forging a career elsewhere. Dick Advocaat’s preference was Pantilimon, so I stuck with that for a while.

“But Vito got a chance and grasped it, and Pant went. Pick came back and challenged Vito. I think that’s made Vito play better.’’

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