Arsenal's loan signing of Emiliano Viviano was an under-the-radar deadline day addition, overshadowed by Mesut Ozil.
The goalkeeper, 28, was brought into rival Wojciech Szczesny but has made no impact on the first team since moving from Palermo.
He is even behind Lukasz Fabianski in the pecking order at Arsenal, and has been named on the bench in the Premier League just once, back in September in a 3-1 win over Stoke.
The Capital One Cup saw him again overlooked, with the shot-stopper having to wait until December until he even donned an Arsenal shirt.
This would come in an under-21 game, exactly three months to the day after he signed - but it did not end well.
Viviano's main tasks were picking the ball out of the back of the net, as Arsenal were beaten 5-1 at Sunderland, not a debut worth waiting for.
Reports emerged from Italy that he was wanted by two German clubs with regard to a January transfer or loan, and it appears the Gunners have less use for him than ever.
On Friday evening Arsenal played their first under-21 game since the humiliation at Sunderland, earning a 1-1 draw in a hard fought encounter with Manchester United, Thomas Eisfeld netting.
Viviano was nowhere to be seen. Arsenal started Matt Macey in goal, an 18-year old addition from Bristol Rovers back in October.
Macedonian youngster Dejan Iliev made the bench, with the on loan Italian notified he would not be required.
Dropped after his horror debut with the under-21s, it's unlikely Viviano will get any opportunities over the festive period for the first team.
It also hints they have little interest in getting him up to speed for an FA Cup appearance against rivals Tottenham in early January.
A former Italian international, the 28-year-old had aspirations a loan move away from Serie B side Palermo to Champions League club Arsenal could revive his World Cup dream.
The first half of his spell with Arsenal has been one to forget, and it's in his best interests to cut his losses and move on.
Arsenal's latest lack of confidence in him, makes it even more likely he will strive to do so in January, even if it's simply to head back to Palermo.
A spell of games in the under-21s could have done him good, but Arsenal appear more interested in giving their younger prospects a chance, and that's absolutely fair enough.
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