Viviano ready for ‘positive fight’

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In the spotlight that surrounds the signing of Mesut Özil, our poor new goalkeeper is hardly getting a look in.

Perhaps that’s normal, perhaps it’s because he looks like Manuel Almunia’s long lost brother, but Emiliano Viviano is now a Gooner and he’s glad to be here.

The former Palermo and Fiorentina man said it was an easy choice to come to Arsenal once he knew we were interested, and that he’s looking forward to competing for a place in the team with Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski.

Speaking to the official site, he said, “I am proud to be here and I want to say thank you to the boss. It feels good, it is a dream for me.

“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.”

Ostensibly signed as back-up for both Szczesny and Fabianski, Viviano hopes to bring some competition to the squad and to play a part in Arsenal’s season.

“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.”

He seems like a nice chap, trying his best to speak English in the full interview which you can watch right here. Any competition is good competition, so let’s hope this works out.

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Arsene's stylist

Welcome back Manuel. All is forgiven.

VasdeRam

speaking of Alumnia. Check this out from the hero!!!!!

VasdeRam
Cliff Bastin

That was surreal.

Arsene's Hot Thighs

Talk about the greatest sport in the world. There was something chiily, yet extraordinary, about that

TJ

Footballers must dream a lot

Big Dave

Yea, yea cool Viviano. Anyway back to madness… ÖZIL FUCKING BLOODY BOOM BANG-A-LANG YEAAAHHH!!!

nigelwinterburn

Seems like a nice bloke. Good to get another keeper in. I look forward to seeing him save a penalty in the Carling Cup final.

Amusa

Why did he have to look like Almunia.?

JHSong

He does look like Almunia.
But, I’m sure he will show that he is better than Almunia

JHSong

He does look like Almunia.
But, I’m sure he will show that he is better than Almunia.

Gunner_chica

Seems like a nice guy and wants to work. Looks less like Almunia the more i look at him. so that taints him a bit less for me ha.

Welcome to Arsenal Viviano. We haven’t forgotten you are here 🙂

Parisian Weetabix

I like the look of him, and I like how he wanted to speak English, to connect better with the fans.

I was going to say that the fact he is confident enough to speak English means he must be a confident goalkeeper, but perhaps I’m reading too much into this.

Welcome!

Cele

What a gent, I feel a little bad about bitching about him for so long

beNZed

Anybody with connections to Palermo is a friend of mine. Lest I should wake with a horse’s head in my bed, etc etc.

Macky

Viviano….italian no 2,he is quality.look foward to great saves & clean sheets…all the best.GOONER

Macky

Viviano….italian no 2,he is quality.look foward to great saves & clean sheets…all the best.

Ben

I like him! Seems like a nice guy.
Which suits the Arsenal way.

Welcome to the Emirates Emiliano!

ghanagunner

dude looks like almunia

Merlin's Panini

Almuniano Viviano

anugunner9

Our new no 13, though I was waiting for a no.18 signing as well, one of the silvestre/squillaci mold….hmm…wishful thinking i suppose..sad that we won’t be getting anyone to fill the void…gutted

Neder

I can not begin to tell you how glad I am we didnt bring in anything resembling the Silvestre/squillaci mold… In fact I will. SUPERFUCKINGRELIEVED!

Nostalgia

Bendtner will help ease our pain.

Sajit

Hello Manuel Almunia

JensLehmann

Those judging him based on his looks are being unfair, he’s a good 20% better looking than Almunia.

Frenly

Wenger, what have you done? Almunia? Not again

Ben

Almunia had a face like a slapped arse.

Viviano smiles a lot more!

MJB

I’m sure he’s great but my very 1st thought when I saw him was ALUMINA’S TWIN.

MJB

*Almunia

An Arsenal fan

It is.

Rectum Spectrum

Welcome to the club! Was tipped for great things before an injury himself so here’s hoping he realises that potential at arsenal.

Danny

I hope he’s better than the gobby Pole.