Arsenal are ready to 'kick on' this season claims goalkeeper Vito Mannone

 

Goalkeeper Vito Mannone maintains Arsenal are ready to “kick on” this season.

The Gunners will return from the international break with a trip to struggling Norwich on Saturday evening, but are expected to be without injured England forward Theo Walcott.

Arsenal recovered from the disappointment of a home defeat by Barclays Premier League leaders Chelsea to battle to victory at West Ham and also close in on qualification for the knockout stages of the Champions League.

Mannone, who looks set to again deputise for injured number one Wojciech Szczesny at Carrow Road, feels there is plenty more to come from Arsene Wenger's squad.

He told Arsenal Player: "The team is doing great, we have had [many of] the big games already.

"We had a few good wins and a few draws away, and not many other teams will get draws at Man City or a win at West Ham. It is not easy to win at Liverpool, as well.

"We have started the Champions League well too, the team has got a good base to kick on from. I am looking forward to some big achievements.

"We have a good solid squad and I think we can go for it.

"I have no doubt that if we keep our focus and we keep our mentality, it's not a doubt that we are going to challenge for the title."

Wenger will be hoping no more of his globetrotting squad return with injury after Walcott was pole-axed by San Marino goalkeeper Aldo Simoncini at Wembley, and is back with the Gunners receiving treatment for what is understood to be a badly-bruised chest.

Walcott, who is yet to agree a new contract extension, is not anticipated to be involved for the trip to Norfolk, while full-back Bacary Sagna and midfielder Emmanuel Frimpong have both recently stepped up their rehabilitation, but this weekend could come too soon.

England midfielder Jack Wilshere, meanwhile, is set to play in a specially-arranged friendly with a Chelsea XI at Arsenal's training ground tomorrow afternoon as he looks to sharpen his match fitness after more than a year on the sidelines - perhaps even with one eye on making the squad for the away Capital One Cup tie at Reading on October 30.

Elsewhere, Arsenal confirmed Pat Holland has left his role as Under-18s coach due to personal reasons, and will be replaced by Steve Gatting, who moves up from assistant professional development coach.

PA

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
SPONSORED FEATURES
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Solved after 200 years: the mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army

Solved after 200 years

The mysterious deaths of 3,000 soldiers from Napoleon's army
Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise

Robert Fisk on the Turkey conflict

Every regional power has betrayed the Kurds so Turkish bombing is no surprise
Investigation into wreck of unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden

Sunken sub

Investigation underway into wreck of an unidentified submarine found off the coast of Sweden
Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes

Age of the selfie

Instagram and Facebook have 'totally changed' the way people buy clothes
Not so square: How BBC's Bloomsbury saga is sexing up the period drama

Not so square

How Virginia Woolf saga is sexing up the BBC period drama
Rio Olympics 2016: The seven teenagers still carrying a torch for our Games hopes

Still carrying the torch

The seven teenagers given our Olympic hopes
The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis, but history suggests otherwise

The West likes to think that 'civilisation' will defeat Isis...

...but history suggests otherwise
The bald truth: How one author's thinning hair made him a Wayne Rooney sympathiser

The bald truth

How thinning hair made me a Wayne Rooney sympathiser
Froome wins second Tour de France after triumphant ride into Paris with Team Sky

Tour de France 2015

Froome rides into Paris to win historic second Tour
Fifteen years ago, Concorde crashed, and a dream died. Today, the desire to travel faster than the speed of sound is growing once again

A new beginning for supersonic flight?

Concorde's successors are in the works 15 years on from the Paris crash
I would never quit Labour, says Liz Kendall

I would never quit party, says Liz Kendall

Latest on the Labour leadership contest
Froome seals second Tour de France victory

Never mind Pinot, it’s bubbly for Froome

Second Tour de France victory all but sealed
Oh really? How the 'lowest form of wit' makes people brighter and more creative

The uses of sarcasm

'Lowest form of wit' actually makes people brighter and more creative
A magazine editor with no vanity, and lots of flair

No vanity, but lots of flair

A tribute to the magazine editor Ingrid Sischy
Foraging: How the British rediscovered their taste for chasing after wild food

In praise of foraging

How the British rediscovered their taste for wild food