Arsenal's deadline-day signing Emiliano Viviano has declared that he will embrace the fight for first-team football at the Emirates after sealing a season-long loan switch yesterday afternoon.

Viviano has been signed by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger primarily to provide competition for number one goalkeeper Wojciech Szczesny, who lost his place to Lukasz Fabianski for part of last season after an indifferent run of form.

The 27-year-old arrives in England from Palermo with international pedigree after earning six caps for Italy since 2010, largely as back-up to Azzurri regular Gianluigi Buffon.

Palermo loaned Viviano to Fiorentina last season, the club he supported as a child, but despite impressing for La Viola he failed to earn a permanent move to Vincenzo Montella's side.

Viviano has insisted that he is now fully focused on making the most of his time in the Premier League and repaying the faith shown in him by Wenger, while also hoping to force his way into Cesare Prandelli's plans for next summer's World Cup.

He told the club's official website: "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. 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 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].

"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."

Wenger will now have three goalkeepers fighting for a place in the Arsenal starting XI, with Viviano's first chance to make his Gunners introduction coming next weekend against Sunderland.

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