Now we don't believe a disastrous debut for Arsenal's under-21 side has had any bearing on Emiliano Viviano's future, but it can't have helped.
The Italy international featured in a 5-1 loss to Sunderland last night, his first appearance in an Arsenal shirt since signing three months to the day earlier.
Viviano signed on a season long loan deal from Palermo on deadline day, but the move has not panned out for the Italian international back-up.
With dreams of making the World Cup still on the horizon, reports in Italy state that there is interest mounting in him for the January transfer window.
Tuttomercatoweb report that two German sides have expressed an interest in him, Stuttgart and Werder Bremen.
Viviano is owned by Palermo who were relegated to Serie B last season, and he felt a move was best for his international chances, but it has not panned out that way for the goalkeeper.
They report: "There looms a new change of shirt for Emiliano Viviano. As learned from the preparation of Tuttomercatoweb.comt he Tuscan goalkeeper currently on loan at Arsenal from Palermo so far has not found a place in the London club and is considering new possibilities. One of these involves the return to Sicily from the loan and then to move abroad again."
Surely such a decision would not come as a major shock. Viviano has been unable to get close to dislodging Wojciech Szczezny, and Lukasz Fabianski was preferred for the Capital One Cup games.
Both sides made the gamble in August, but unless Arsene Wenger does not trust Fabianski's fitness to depend on him as a back-up, there is little point keeping Viviano around when he has his own personal ambitions to fulfil.
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