Arsenal 'keeper may cut miserable loan short

Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano could return to Italy before the transfer window closes with Cagliari said to be lining up a bid.

Emiliano Viviano hasn't managed to break into Arsenal's first team and he may cut his losses by returning to Italy this month.

Viviano joined Arsenal on loan in September but it took him three months to even get his first start in Arsenal's Under-21 side.

He may have wished he had been left in exile as the Gunners went down 5-1 and Viviano is still to get a look-in for the senior side.

In fact the 28-year-old who has six caps for Italy isn't even a regular on the bench at the Emirates Stadium and his chances of being selected for Cesare Prandelli's World Cup squad are fading fast.

Sportmediaset reports that Viviano is keen to return to Italy as soon as possible and could be offered that chance by Cagliari.

Palermo own Viviano but they are currently in Serie B and wouldn't be able to stand in the way of a permanent sale if Cagliari were willing to table a decent offer.

Arsenal would have to agree to terminate the loan ahead of schedule, but that probably wouldn't be a massive loss to the North London side.

At Under-21 level, Viviano was tipped by some pundits to become the next Gigi Buffon, but at the age of 28 that potential has never been fulfilled.

Viviano's best form to date came at Brescia between 2005 and 2009 when he made 126 appearances, largely in Serie B, and exuded an authority that he has failed to re-capture since. 

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