Arsenal take Viviano on loan

  • Last Updated: September 2 2013, 21:15 BST

Palermo have confirmed that goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has signed a season-long loan deal with Arsenal, with the Gunners having the option to make the deal permanent.

Emiliano Viviano in his Arsenal shirt.
Emiliano Viviano in his Arsenal shirt.

The 27-year-old Italy international becomes Arsene Wenger's third signing of the summer and will compete with Wojciech Szczesny to be the Frenchman's first-choice stopper for the remainder of the campaign.

Wenger is believed to have had a long-standing interest in Viviano as he looks to create competition in between the posts for Arsenal, with Lukasz Fabianski also available as an option.

Serie B club Palermo announced the deal with a short statement on their official website which read: "Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has been released to Arsenal on loan with the option to buy."

A product of the Brescia youth system, Viviano went on to play for the club for five years before signing Bologna, with Inter Milan purchasing 50 per cent of his registration before the move.

He went on to spend a season at the San Siro but a knee injury curtailed his first-team opportunities in Milan with a move to Palermo completed in 2012.

The club were relegated to Serie B last season but Viviano spent the campaign on loan at Fiorentina, who finished fourth in Serie A.

Wenger revealed his delight at being able to bring Viviano to north London, admitting the goalkeeper had been on his radar.

"Viviano is a player that we have rated for some time and we are very pleased to have signed him on loan," he told arsenal.com.

"He's experienced and has proved himself at a high level, and provides us with excellent cover to our existing goalkeepers."


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