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Sunderland swoop in for GK Mannone

Sunderland have completed the signing of goalkeeper Vito Mannone from Arsenal, the club confirmed on Wednesday.

The Italian joins the Black Cats on a new two-year contract for an undisclosed fee, putting an end to his eight-year career with the Gunners.

Mannone's arrival at the Stadium of Light was a necessary measure as last season's top goalkeeper Simon Mignolet departed for Liverpool.

Mannone, 25, made 23 appearances for Arsenal without ever making a first-team place his own and was sent on loan to Barnsley and Hull City during his time in north London.

"Sunderland's potential is incredible. I have come from a big club but, to be honest, I don't see any difference in the facilities. From what I can see on my first day they are brilliant," Mannone said.

"I waited a long time for an opportunity like Sunderland, and for me it is a great one. I'm very excited. I am here to work hard and to show what I can do."