Arsenal goalkeeper Vito Mannone believes that the setbacks in his career have helped him develop as a player, and has set his sights on a bright future in the game, stating his intention to move to Italy.
After originally breaking into the Arsenal team in 2009, Mannone has had to wait until this season for further action at the club, and was forced to move on loan to Hull City to gain first-team experience.
The Italian keeper believes his battles for a first-team place at both Atalanta and Arsenal have helped focus his mind, and Mannone has a clear idea of his ideal career path.
In fact, the shot-stopper has plans beyond North London and the Premier League, believing that he would one day like to play for AC Milan, a club he has supported since childhood.
Mannone also indicated a firm desire to establish himself as the first choice for the Italy national side.
"I did my first audition [trial] at Arsenal in 2004," Mannone told Corriere della Sera.
"I asked Atalanta what their plans were but they did not want to focus on me.
"I have to thank them, otherwise I would not be at Arsenal.
"In 2009 Almunia was injured and I played ten games, but then Wenger decided to give me a break.
"He thought that I was not ready, but now I understand.
"Now my goal is to take the starting spot," Mannone continued.
"I want to be Arsenal's number one.
"In the future I'd return to Italy and play in Serie A, perhaps with AC Milan, my favourite team.
"Besides, I hope to reach the national call."
Mannone has made eleven Premier League appearances and played seven times for the Italy Under 21 team.