Arsenal announce deadline day deal: A player we've rated for some time

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger talks up the club's first deadline day acquisition.

Arsene Wenger has confirmed Arsenal have secured their first deadline day deal having acquired Italian goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano from Serie B side Palermo. However, because the terms of the transfer are agreed on merely a temporary basis, the club are still yet to spend any money as the shot-stopper, 27, will return to the Sicilian outfit after the expiration of his loan agreement.

'Viviano is a player that we have rated for some time and we are very pleased to have signed him on loan,' expressed Wenger to the club's official website.

Despite his parent club operating in the second tier of professional football in Italy, Viviano does have experience at elite level having enjoyed stints at Internazionale and Bologna. He will not, however, be replacing Wojtech Szczesny but will — alongside Lukasz Fabianski — provide competition for the reserve glovesman.

The Frenchman, under pressure to announce a major signing ahead of the closure of the current transfer window, continued: 'He’s experienced and has proved himself at a high level, and provides us with excellent cover to our existing goalkeepers.'

Wenger is also reportedly wrapping up the significant transfer of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid for £42.5m. The German playmaker has already passed a medical examination.

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