Arsenal From 1997-2001
Alex was signed by Arsenal in June 1997 as cover for David Seaman. During the 1997–98 season Seaman suffered a long spell out injured and Manninger ably covered for him, enjoying a spell of six clean sheets in a row in the league, a joint-club record with Jimmy Ashcroft. The last of these was against Manchester United at Old Trafford, where Arsenal won 1–0, a result which helped them beat United to the 1997–98 FA Premier League title, thereby winning the player of the month award, a first for an understudy goalkeeper in the Premier League. However, Manninger had to make way for Seaman once the Englishman returned from injury.
Manninger continued to deputise for Seaman for the next three seasons, but without a consistent run in the side he was unable to maximise his potential. In all he made only 64 appearances over four seasons for Arsenal. After the Gunners bought Richard Wright in 2001, Manninger became number three at Arsenal, He was then sent out on loan to Fiorentina, making 24 appearances.Since then Alex has played for a host of clubs inc, Torino,Siena,Salzburg
Today Alex still only 31 is the number 2 keeper at Juventus backup for Gianluigi Buffon.
Alex was a great stopper who really should of gone on and become number 1 at Arsenal. I watched him play a number of times and was always impressed with him, The penalty shoot-out Vs West Ham. And of course his run to us winning the league in 98 where he was unbeatable. I do feel that maybe Wenger was wrong to drop him after his fantastic run in the side and after that he was never the same player. His confidence went as he knew no matter how well he played he was always going to be dropped as soon as Seaman was fit again. And for a keeper confidence is everything!……..Since Manninger moved on from Arsenal Wenger has signed a number of keepers.Guillaume Warmuz,Rami Shaaban, Mart Poom,Richard Wright. I cant say any of them were any better then Manninger.
Maybe Wenger was wrong to let this guy leave?
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