Comical errors to finally cost Sunderland star his place in Poyet's team

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Sunderland manager Gus Poyet is reportedly set to drop Vito Mannone.

It's been a difficult start to the season for Sunderland. The Black Cats have won just one so far, with five draws and three defeats giving them eight points - which leaves them in the bottom three.

As if the recent 8-0 thumping at the hands of Southampton wasn't bad enough, the woeful defending exhibited at St. Mary's Stadium was on show once again in the defeat to Arsenal.

The Gunners strolled to a 2-0 win at the Stadium of Light, with forward Alexis Sanchez the beneficiary of two comical mistakes in the Sunderland backline.

Firstly, Wes Brown scuffed a clearance back to his goalkeeper Vito Mannone, allowing Sanchez a clear run on goal before the Chilean dinked the ball into the net, and in added time, Mannone slipped inside the penalty area, gifting Sanchez with an open goal.

Mannone was already under pressure after the embarrassing loss to Southampton, but his slapstick error against Arsenal may have cost him his place in the team.

"Normally I don't change the keeper when they have a bad game," said manager Gus Poyet. "Sometimes you need to accept mistakes in the overall performance be it from a keeper, manager or a number nine. But if it's two bad games then he starts to have a problem."

The Daily Mirror report that Mannone will now be dropped for next Monday's game at Crystal Palace, with Poyet instead choosing to go with summer signing Costel Pantilimon between the sticks.

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