Mannone will definitely keep his place as Arsenal’s No. 1.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed the Italian is likely to retain his place in the Champions League on Tuesday and perhaps for as long as he continues to impress.

The 21-year-old pulled off a string of superb saves and single-handedly preserved the three points in the 1-0 victory at Fulham.

That performance itself was reason for Mannone to remain Wenger’s first choice in goal whether Almunia – who has been below-par this season – regains fitness or not.

It now appears Arsenal’s absent Spaniard is facing a similar case to how he stole the No. 1 spot from Jens Lehmann in 2007. And until Almunia recovers from his mysterious “chest infection”, Vito Mannone will be the man proving his worth between the posts for Arsenal.

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“Almunia will not be fit for Tuesday. Fabianski will not be fit until October 17 at the earliest.” Wenger revealed.

“Until the next game he (Mannone) is No 1. In this job you have to go from game to game. He has played a fantastic game today and the consistency is the first sign of quality.”

“He kept us in the game in some unbelievable situations. You say that keeper sometimes look unbeatable. Today he looked like he could make the save needed every time.”