Emiliano Viviano has reportedly passed a medical at Arsenal and agreed the terms for a season-long loan from Palermo, according to reports in Goal.
The report suggests that the 27-year-old goalkeeper flew into London from Italy on Sunday night and headed straight for the first phase of medical tests at the Gunners London Colney training ground. The Italy international has now passed the medical despite a history of knee trouble. The north Londoners will pay a substantial loan fee for the keeper, who became available after his club Palermo were relegated to Serie B.
Viviano was a regular for Fiorentina last season, playing 32 times during a loan spell with La Viola as Vincenzo Montella’s side finished fourth in Serie A. Despite being a regular starter Fiorentina decided not to make the loan deal permanent, forcing the Azzurri keeper to rejoin Palermo, who were relegated to Serie B last season.
Arsenal have been linked with many goal keepers this summer including the likes of Julio Cesar and Asmir Begovic, however it seems Arsene Wenger has finally decided on the Palermo custodian to act as competition for the complacent Wojciech Szczesny.
He began his career at Brescia and then impressed at Bologna, which led to Inter Milan signing him in the summer of 2011. However, a crucial knee injury meant he never represented the Italian giants and moved to Palermo. After the Sicilian side were relegated to Serie B, Viviano was linked with several clubs, including Roma, Torino, AC Milan and Napoli but was ultimately to Fiorentina.
I think Viviano will be more of a squad player rather than getting straight into the line up and he’ll provide more competition for Fabianski for the No.2 spot instead of pushing Szczesny for a first team place, but you never know.
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It was expected that Wenger would bring some of the fore mentioned names to compete for the no.1 spot with Szczesny but it looks like Viviano would just be a squad and will compete with Fabianski for the no.2 spot.
Hopefully this will be the start of a busy 12 hours for Arsenal with 1-2 more signings on the way. What do you Gooners?