Emiliano Viviano was, it is fair to say, the least heralded of Arsenal’s summer recruits.
While the club-record signing of Mesut Ozil and the return of Mathieu Flamini were both hailed as masterstrokes, the loan signing of the Italian goalkeeper was a nice but unnecessary extra.
The 28-year-old is currently on a season-long loan from Palermo, and while the Gunners have the option to buy him at the end of the season, that is unlikely.
The player may have a market-value of around €7million, but he has failed to set the Emirates alight.
In fact despite being signed as cover for first-choice ‘keeper Wojciech Szczesny, Viviano has made the bench just once in the league and twice in the Capital One Cup, along with today's FA Cup tie against Spurs. And in his one and only appearance to date for the under-21s, he was on the wrong end of a 5-1 battering at the hands of Sunderland.
So it is no surprise that he has been linked with a move back to Italy, with SportMediaset reportedly claiming he is a target for AC Milan.
Surely that would be better than only making the bench on the rarest of occasions for the Gunners.
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