North London club Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign Emiliano Viviano on loan from Italian side Palermo, according to the Metro. 

Viviano, who has won six international caps for Italy, was loaned out to Serie A side Fiorentina last season and impressed enough with his performances for Arsene Wenger to follow through with a deal for the 6ft 5in goalkeeper,

The deal will be a season-long loan initially with an option of a permanent deal that will be worth around £1.7 million next year. 

Wenger, a manager who has come under robust criticism in the last few weeks for his lack of movement in the transfer market, has been a long-term admirer of the Italian international - who was close to becoming an Arsenal player last year only for the deal to fall through at the last minute. 

Whether Viviano will become Arsenal's number one or will have to settle for an understudy role behind Wojciech Szczesny remains to be seen, but Wenger will be glad to have some serious competition for the position given the erratic nature of Arsenal's goalkeeper's in recent times.

Viviano has reportedly passed a medical at Arsenal. 

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