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Arsenal seals loan deal for Viviano

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Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano will move to Arsenal on loan.
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Palermo have confirmed that goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano is set to join Arsenal on a year-long loan deal with an option to buy.

The 27-year old, who has six Italy caps to his name, spent last season on loan at Fiorentina where he made 32 Serie A appearances, having joined from Inter Milan in 2012. Viviano has previously been reported to have attracted the interest of the North London club and Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini admitted that he will be heading for the Premier League.

"Stefano Sorrentino and Samir Ujkani will be our goalkeepers this season," he told Stadio News 24.

"We haven't received any offers for them, whereas Viviano will go to Arsenal."

Szczesny has reclaimed the number one jersey after being taken out of the firing line by Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger towards the end of last season following some inconsistent displays. Wenger, though, has every confidence in the Arsenal academy graduate.

"He is over the problems he had last season," Wenger said. "Wojciech had a dip in form, but has come back at the end of the season with good form and a good run, overall for me he is back to his best.

"We forget he is a boy who is only in his third season in the Premier League. He is only 23, for a goalkeeper that is very young. He was third then last season fourth in the Premier League, for such a young goalkeeper, that is not a bad achievement.

"I am sure you will see a great season from Szczesny, and I rate (Lukasz) Fabianski very highly, which is why I think we have two very good goalkeepers."

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Wenger allowed Vito Mannone to join Sunderland earlier this summer, and admitted he could yet look to bring in some experience goalkeeping cover before the transfer window closes, having been linked with the likes of Julio Cesar, Valencia's Vicente Guaita and Iker Casillas of Real Madrid.

"When Mannone went, we were open to having a third goalkeeper, because if something happens, you are quickly very short," he added. "We have Damian Martinez as number three, but he has no experience at all in the Premier League, that is why we always had an eye open, and this position is not completely closed yet."

Wenger, meanwhile, maintains any talk of his own long-term plans must be put on the back burner, with the Gunners manager's current contract set to expire at the end of the campaign.

"My future at the moment is not the most important thing. At the moment what is important is that we have a big game on Sunday, that is the priority," he said. "After that until Tuesday the transfer market is open and that is another priority. I am not on the transfer market so that is not a priority."

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