Viviano talks of 'enriching experience' at Arsenal

Emiliano Viviano

Although his loan spell hasn't worked out as he would have liked, Emiliano Viviano has spoken happily of his time at Arsenal.

Many Arsenal fans have probably forgotten that they ever signed Emiliano Viviano, but the Italian goalkeeper insists his time at the club has been valuable, even if he has barely featured.

Viviano was a bright talent who regularly impressed for Italy's Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 team and was tipped by some to be the next Gigi Buffon.

But after a fantastic spell at Brescia, things began to unravel somewhat for Viviano and by the time he arrived at Arsenal on loan from Palermo, he was looking to revitalise his career.

However, quite the opposite has happened and Viviano has failed to break into Arsene Wenger's first team at all and even conceded five goals on his debut for the Under-21 side.

Viviano will get to experience Wembley this afternoon but it will be a watching brief at the FA Cup final and he will need to find a new club this summer with Brighton being tipped to step in.

"From a professional point of view it has been a difficult year but it has been very enriching on a human level," the 28-year-old admitted to La Gazzetta dello Sport.

"I have learned a language and lived in a different football atmosphere making friends who play at the highest level.

"I am owned by Palermo and I won't rule anything out for the future. I'd also be ready to stay here in England."

Palermo have just won promotion back to Serie A and could call Viviano back, but he is also said to be wanted by several other clubs, including Sampdoria.

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