The Italy international joined the Gunners on a season-long loan with an option to buy next summer from Palermo and will provide back up and competition for Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski.
Viviano said that he is looking forward to quickly adapt to the Premier League, and vows to take his chance in the first team if he gets one.
Speaking to Arsenal official website, he said:
I think it is a good thing that there are other great goalkeepers here. It is a positive fight. We are at work every day together and I am sure there will be great friendship.
I know Fabianski has been a little bit unlucky last year with some injuries. I always see Szczesny play and he is a good goalkeeper, a great goalkeeper. I will work hard with them to [compete].
It feels good [to sign for Arsenal], it is a dream for me. I am proud to be here and I want to say thank you to the boss.
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It is easy [to choose Arsenal], it is one of the best clubs in the world. It is a club with a fantastic story, with a boss who is one of the best in Europe and for me it is a dream. It is special.
I know the players, a lot of things about the Premier League because I love the English type of thinking about football and sports.
It is different, it is always a full stadium, always in every club whether it is a small team or a small city. They have good teams, with a good training field, good passion.
I hope I can help Arsenal win every match and I hope my experience with this team and this city can help me get back into the national team.
Viviano is a regular in the Italian national set up, playing at many youth levels including Under-19, Under-20, Under-21 and Under-23 levels. He made his senior debut against the Faroe Islands in 2010 and has four caps for his country although he has not played for Italy since June 2011, in a friendly defeat against Republic of Ireland.
Arsenal have struggled with the goal keeper position in recent times, with neither Wojciech Szczesny nor Lukasz Fabianski able to consistently convince as the club’s first-choice. A club of Arsenal’s stature cannot afford to be worrying about whether their goalkeeper is going to make a mistake.
Viviano might not have quick instincts like Szczesny does, but he is at least a consistent performer. He is Known for his command of the penalty area, he will be exactly the type of reliable presence that Arsenal require in goal. We do not need a spectacular shot stopper, but what we desperately need is someone who is going to claim crosses, reassure defenders and not rush out of his goal on a regular basis which is exactly what Viviano would give us.
He will definitely provide competition for Szczesny which might bring the best out of the Polish keeper too. A loan deal, also, makes sense for Arsenal at the present time. If Viviano fails to meet expectations, the Gunners could always look elsewhere next summer.
What do you say Gunners?