Sampdoria goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has described his one-year loan spell at Arsenal as the lowest point in his career after he failed to make a single appearance for the club, GianluciaDiMarzio report.
The Italy international joined the Gunners in the summer of 2013 on a season-long loan deal from Palermo.
Despite arriving as a solid Serie A first-team shot-stopper, Viviano didn’t make a single appearance for Arsenal during his stint at the Emirates as he played second fiddle to Wojciech Szczesny.
Talking to Italian reporters on his year in North London, the 30-year-old says he learned from the coaches but described the ordeal as the lowest point in his career from a competitive point of view.
"I never played in London, I practiced with different coaches along with Szczesny and Fabianski. It had never happened to to me to just watch,” he was quoted as saying by GianlucaDiMarzio.
“Competition wise it was the lowest point, but for my growth it was the most important year where I got back on track.”
Viviano joined Sampdoria following his spell at Arsenal, and he has since become the club’s regular number one with impressive performances prompting calls of a recall to the Italian national team.
Sczcesny and Lukasz Fabianski were the Gunners’ first-choice goalkeepers while Viviano was at the Emirates, yet incidentally both now find themselves elsewhere after falling out of favour.
Arsenal haven’t had much luck with goalkeepers over the years, yet the signing of Petr Cech last summer was met with widespread approval with the Czech number one as reliable as they come.