Should Arsenal reap any rewards come May, don’t forget Vito Mannone while you are giving plaudits.

Stoppers are not often match winners, but the 21 year-old had his case to defy that theory on September 26, 2009 at Craven Cottage.

In only his first Premier League appearance away from home, this youngster turned worries over Almunia and Fabiasnki’s absence into belief that Wenger might have unearthed the new Gianluigi Buffon.

Arsenal’s third choice goalkeeper proved an Italian specialist between the posts that day to relentlessly deny Fulham and hand the Gunners victory on a ground where Liverpool and United have been easily dispatched this season.

Thanks to Vito Mannone for arguably the most priceless three points of 2009.

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