Although it’s now been a week since transfer deadline day, people are still talking about Arsenal breaking their club record transfer fee of £15 million to spend a whopping £42.4 million on Mesut Ozil who joined from Arsenal on a loan term contract. However he wasn’t the only signing made that day, with goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano also joining the Gunners on deadline day!
Viviano has gone relatively unnoticed since his arrival at the club and although that’s largely down to the fact all the hype has been over Ozil and the fact that the German international has been the man in the headlines, Viviano isn’t exactly someone I’d expect to hit the headlines anyway, with the goalkeeper not being a big name player.
However that doesn’t mean he isn’t any good, like many seem to be suggesting. I’ve seen numerous tweets and statuses stating people’s opinions on Viviano and claiming that he is absolute rubbish mainly because he came from an Italian second division club called Palermo. But I must point out to those doubters that Viviano wasn’t part of the squad that got relegated, he has been out on loan from Palermo believed to be because of economic difficulties.
Also many state that he is Italy’s second best national team keeper and although that’s largely up to debate because of statistical reviews I would certainly say that all his plaudits do speak extremely high of him, whilst the odd criticising moment isn’t anything more than the average footballer gets.
For just a rumoured price of £875k for the loan fee according to the likes of Sky Sports, I feel that Viviano will be a great addition for Arsenal and although I don’t necessarily expect him to play much for Arsenal; I do think he will put in an n effective shift when called upon. His first chance may come in the Capital One Cup against West Brom, although Wenger is well aware of the fans desperation to end the trophy drought. If we had got lower league opposition, I feel sure Wenger would have gone with youth and fringe players, but a Premier League opponent may just make him think again.