Palermo have confirmed that goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has joined Arsenal on a season-long loan with the Gunners retaining the right to buy the player outright next year.
The 27-year-old Italian international, who spent last year as Fiorentina’s first choice stopper, arrives in London as back-up to Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski following the departure of Vito Mannone to Sunderland.
The nature of the signing, temporary rather than permanent, certainly suggests that Arsene Wenger is more than happy with his two Polish options although Viviano’s experience could well prove useful as the season goes on.
Arsene on Viviano: “Viviano is a player that we have rated for some time and we are very pleased to have signed him on loan. He’s experienced and has proved himself at a high level, and provides us with excellent cover to our existing goalkeepers.”