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Viviano ready to put Arsenal nightmare behind him as World Cup star's replacement

Emiliano Viviano is set to join Sampdoria as a replacement for Benfica bound Sergio Romero.

In September 2013 Arsenal decided to bring in Italian international goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano on loan for the season.

With Lukasz Fabianski always a risk with injury problems Arsene Wenger felt the club needed extra strength in depth for the rest of the season.

The deal also included an option to make it permanent should it be a success. For Viviano it was a deal that made perfect sense. He was hoping to force his way into the Italian team for the World Cup - something unlikely to happen playing in Serie B with Palermo.

All he would need is one lucky break and he might just be able to take the number one jersey from Wojciech Szczesny.

That break never came. In the end he spent an entire season at Arsenal without ever playing a single minute of competitive action.

It was a truly wasteful season for the 28-year-old who, despite being popular with his team-mates, never got a look in between the sticks ahead of the two Poles ahead of him.

But now he is hoping to get his career back on track with a fresh start at Serie A side Sampdoria. The side from Genoa are looking for a new keeper after selling Sergio Romero to Benfica for just £800k and reports in Italy suggest Viviano is their man - a deal likely to be revealed in the coming days.

Viviano has now not played a competitive game of football since featuring for Fiorentina in a 5-1 win against Pescara in May 2013.

At Sampdoria he will have the chance to prove everyone at Arsenal wrong, although judging by his character, he is not the vindictive type. Viviano will instead be more focused on getting game time and working his way back into the Italian fold.

His Arsenal adventure turned into a solitary nightmare. Now he has a chance to get his career back in full-flow at the Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

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