Arsenal misfit offered surprise January exit

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Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has been sounded out by former club Bologna over cutting short his loan spell at the Emirates with a January switch to Serie A, according to Italian publication TuttoMercato Web.

Viviano joined Arsenal on transfer deadline-day last summer to provide experienced cover for Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski, but is yet to make a senior competitive appearance for Arsene Wenger's side in any competition.

The Azzurri stopper has been unable to dislodge either Szczesny or Viviano in the Gunners pecking order and remains very much third choice at the halfway stage of the campaign.

With first-team opportunities limited Bologna are thought to be confident of persuading Viviano to request that his season-long loan be ended prematurely, but only if they can convince his parent club Palermo and the Gunners to both give any proposed move the green light.

The 28-year-old spent two seasons of a nomadic career to date with Bologna, his longest stay at one Serie A club before heading for Palermo via a very brief stint with Inter Milan.

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