Arsenal star admits 'It's not easy when you lose important pieces of your team each year'

In the wake of their Champions League defear, Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone has criticised the club's transfer policy and hinted he may look to quit the club himself.

Arsenal's two defeats over the past four days will have been hard for fans to take, that the news a member of their squad is open to quitting the club will not be what they want to hear.

Vito Mannone proved a useful deputy earlier this year for Wojciech Szczesny, but with his contract ending at the end of the season, and having had a taste for first team action it's been fairly inevitable for a while now that he will probably walk away in the summer.

Far more interesting were his comments to the Italian media after the 3-1 Champions League defeat to Bayern Munich last night.

Mannone appeared in no hesitation why the Gunners were unable to compete with the German league leaders, even though they became the first team to score past Manuel Neuer in 2013.

"It's been a difficult match for us. We hoped to be able to play more as we were at home, but the contest did not go as we wanted. Surely it is not easy when you lose important pieces of the team each year. We are a young team with good potential, we must start again every time." 

He is of course referring to Arsenal selling Robin van Persie and Alex Song last summer, Samir Nasri, Gael Clichy and Cesc Fabregas the year before, and Emmanuel Adebayor and Kolo Toure two years before that - who were at the time important players.

The club's transfer policy is - along with on-pitch results, which is linked to the loss of stars, supporters biggest gripe with the club over the past few seasons. So it's interesting to see a player speaking out echoing the thoughts of supporters.

Mannone himself has said he is also considering a summer exit, if he does not get playing time between now and June, with offers from Italy thought to be on his radar.

He said: "Future in Italy? I had a long experience here, now I'm open to everything. Unless (I get ) games by June I'm willing to go back to Italy or to try a new adventure in England. The important thing is to play." 

Arsenal fans what do you think of Mannone's comments?

image: © wonker

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch