Arsenal started summer signing talks in July

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Arsenal began talks over new signing Emiliano Viviano as early in the summer as July, despite not completing the deal until transfer deadline day.

Arsene Wenger wanted further competition for the number one spot at Emirates Stadium, with Wojciech Szczesny currently occupying that spot ahead of Lukasz Fabianski.

Viviano was brought in on a season-long loan deal from Palermo for €1million, with the option of a permanent move for another €5million, and Wenger described him as "excellent cover" for the two Poles.

Arsenal did not confirm the deal was official until midway through the final day of the transfer window, leading many to believe it was a last-minute transfer rushed through.

That was not the case and talks over the move were started much earlier in the year, according to the 27-year-old's agent, who also confirmed that the Gunners were tracking QPR goalkeeper Julio Cesar in the summer.

"We knew that Arsenal were looking for a goalkeeper, from July I was talking with the London club," Claudio Vigorelli told

"They had other names on the list, such as Julio Cesar (QPR). In the end, with a little luck and conviction by Arsenal we were able to close the transfer on loan.

"How come he was not re-signed by Fiorentina? It's a question posed by everyone, including Arsenal and manager Wenger, who considers Viviano a reliable goalkeeper.

"Wenger used beautiful words for Emiliano and, in the end, it is also better that Fiorentina have made other choices."

Viviano is not expected to oust Szczesny immediately, but he is likely to get a chance in the coming weeks as the games pile up, with the Champions League and League Cup starting for the Gunners over the next couple of weeks. 

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