In all the hype that turned out to be an interesting summer transfer deadline day for all Arsenal fans alike, of course we were excited by the incoming transfer of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid in a club record breaking £42.4 million deal. However many are forgetting we also brought in a keeper on Monday too, called Emiliano Viviano.
Emiliano Viviano has joined Arsenal from Serie B side Palermo on a season loan long deal worth an estimated £875k fee, or the equivalent of 1 million euros. Expected to be on relatively low wages, Viviano won’t cost Arsenal a lot this season, and the good thing about this deal is apparently the option to buy the Italian at the end of the season has been included into the loan agreement with a valuation of 5 million euros expected!
For those that don’t know Viviano is actually a relatively good goalkeeper and I’m confident in saying he will provide an excellent service for Arsenal this season, whether it be serving on the bench as Wojciech Szczesny’s back up or even playing in goal as Arsenal’s first choice. With generally good attributes all round, we can be confident in Viviano’s ability and although he may not be a world class goalkeeper like we were on the lookout for, I’m certain that he will do a good job for the Arsenal when called upon.
However on the other side of the story, many have slated Viviano as being a terrible keeper, suggesting why he plays for a second division Italian side if he is so good. But I must point out to those that state that, that he has been out on loan from Palermo for several seasons believed to be because of financial in-capabilities and during his spell away from the club, his parent club Palermo have since been relegated.
No doubt Arsenal had the chance to buy the keeper there and then, however I think Arsene Wenger did the right choice in bringing him in on loan for a season first, especially if Le Prof still intends on having total confidence in Szczesny’s future as Arsenal’s number one!