Emiliano Viviano has an Arsenal debut to forget

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Arsenal loanee made his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt at any level, three months after signing on loan.

Some loan deals work out, and some don't. It appears Emiliano Viviano is already nearing the latter category.

It's hard to judge him on the fact he hasn't even played for the first team, but in many ways that speaks for itself.

Three months ago today, Arsenal confirmed they had signed him on loan from Palermo for the season, news which slipped under the radar for many thanks to the signing of a certain Mesut Ozil on the same day.

He was signed as an understudy to Wojciech Szczesny but was overlooked for Lukasz Fabianski for the Capital One Cup games, and is yet to make a first team appearance.

Even worse, he had not even played an under-21 game, until Monday evening against Sunderland.

And it didn't go well. Viviano found himself picking the ball out of the net twice in the first half as the away side raced into a 2-0 lead.

He then conceded a third in the second half after the defence failed to clear their lines, and while in-form young Gunner Jon Toral pulled one back for Arsenal, Viviano would concede again two more times, Arsenal going down 5-1.

The Italian international needed to take a gamble for his World Cup ambitions, with Palermo relegated to Serie B last season.

But if you had told him he would not have played any sort of competitive football for three months, and when he did it would end in a chastening 5-1 defeat, we wonder whether he would have rather stayed put.

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