Arsenal boss thrilled at Viviano signing

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger believes the capture of Emiliano Viviano was great business for the club.

The six-cap Italian international moves to the Emirates Stadium on loan from Palermo, and will challenge Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski for the Gunners' number one spot.

Viviano, who spent last season on loan at Fiorentina, brings experience in an area that it’s been lacking in north London, and the manager is understandably thrilled to have another addition at the club.

"He comes to the Club at the top of his game. It was a very good deal for us at a good moment, I think it was a no-brainer as well," Wenger told Arsenal Player.

"With two goalkeepers available for the Premier League and all the competitions we face, we felt we were a bit short because sometimes you have injuries and sometimes you need to rest one of the goalkeepers.

"At the moment, Wojciech is No 1 unless I decide otherwise. They are all competing for the place of the No 1. At the moment, one and two are Wojciech and Fabianski. After, maybe I will rotate.

"Viviano is a highly-rated goalkeeper in Italy so we have three goalkeepers that are very compact quality-wise."

Viviano began his career at Brescia, enjoying a loan spell as Cesena at the start of his five-year stint professional with the club.

He then signed for Bologna in 2009, before switching to Inter Milan two-years later. The 27-year-old didn’t make a Serie ‘A’ appearance whilst at the San Siro, and moved to Palermo the following year.

However, he was shipped out to the Viola midway through the campaign, and has left the Stadio Renzo Barbera on a short-term deal once again this summer.

His exit from Italy is the gain of Arsenal, in the eyes of Wenger at least, and Viviano will hope to get a chance to prove himself in the first team at some stage in the coming months.

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