Gunners linked with Italian keeper Viviano

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Arsenal are being linked with a move for Italian goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano (seen in action above against Jan Molby and err…Jan Molby) as speculation mounts that Arsene Wenger will try and snaffle some back-up to Wojciech Szczesny before the start of next term.

The 26-year-old, who has six caps for his country and is currently reserve keeper for the Azzurri at Euro 2012, is currently co-owned by Palermo and Inter Milan, but is almost certain to leave Sicily this summer.

Last week the stopper was tipped to join Fiorentina by Palermo president Maurizio Zamparini, but reports have surfaced in Italy that the Gunners have entered into negotiations for his signature. Torino, West Ham United and even Tottenham Hotspur have also been linked with the player in recent months.

Viviano suffered a cruciate knee ligament injury in July last year and was ruled out until January, although he has since proved his fitness at Palermo making 20 appearances last term.

Given that Lukasz Fabianski (injury permitting) and Vito Mannone are both eager to quit the Emirates for more first team football, not forgetting the exit of Manuel Almunia, it seems likely that Arsenal will be forced into the market for a keeper of some sorts. Whether Viviano is actually a target remains to be seen.

It’s more than possible that this is an internet rumour spiralling out of control or indeed the work of pesky agent looking to get his client a better deal. We’ll just have to wait and see how it pans out…

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A. Wenger
A. Wenger
7 years ago

Just a moment…Let me check his stats on FIFA.

Fatcunt
Fatcunt
7 years ago
Reply to  A. Wenger

Italian keepers are usually astute. His stats go like this ” I’m an international reserve keeper playing behind gianluigi buffon”.

Sounds good a second choice as any.

A. Wenger
A. Wenger
7 years ago
Reply to  Fatcunt

I agree. His FIFA stats verify this.

feygooner
feygooner
7 years ago
Reply to  Fatcunt

No one bothered to check Football Manager?

Fatcunt
Fatcunt
7 years ago
Reply to  Fatcunt

http://www.whoscored.com/Players/42878/

He’s an okay lad. Szczesny needs to be kept on his toes and not have half an eye at goals he could on a normal day prevent. Cough* norwich-home.

(with Almunia though i’d cough all day)

prhyu
prhyu
7 years ago
Reply to  Fatcunt

Could dig up that for you…develops into a solid keeper on FM 2012.

Anon
Anon
7 years ago
Reply to  Fatcunt

No mention of Andrea Consigli? Incredible on FM11 despite stats, good approaching great approaching incredible FM12

adriano
7 years ago

livin la Viviano loca

Runcorn Gooner
Runcorn Gooner
7 years ago
Reply to  adriano

The P on the dummies gives it away .They are the Pillsbury Dough men (Molby
is their mentor)

prhyu
prhyu
7 years ago

I’d prefer a more experienced keeper who can actually teach Szcsesny a thing or two, while being content to sit on the bench, but then such people are hard to find….

Cygan's Right Foot
7 years ago
Reply to  prhyu

He could always talk to his dad who was an international ‘keeper with lots of experience…. wait a minute…..

Pedantic Dave
Pedantic Dave
7 years ago
Reply to  prhyu

You mean someone like Almunia?

Charlie
7 years ago
Reply to  prhyu

I wish Jerzy Dudek was still playing. With the Polish connection he’d have been great.

Matt
Matt
7 years ago

Stuart Taylor and Alex Manninger are currently free agents…

Cygan's Right Foot
7 years ago
Reply to  Matt

So are Tony Adams and Martin Keown

Uh?
Uh?
7 years ago

So is nasris’ chin.

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot
7 years ago

It’s gone AWOL, so a deal will be hard to complete

mistery
mistery
7 years ago
Reply to  Matt

Isn’t Craig Gordon available on a free? Back in the day, Arsene baulked at the fee for Gordon and went for Fabianski instead but Gordon must have remained on his radar. His injury record admittedly is not good but then Arsenal’s facilities are some of the best in the world for player rehabilitation so could work for both parties. Whatever happens lets just hope that Szesney get the No. 1 shirt now Almunia is out the door. With the launch of the new strip, it is a chance to sort the whole squad number fiasco out once and for all… Read more »

the only sam is nelson
the only sam is nelson
7 years ago

he’s obviously used to working with a nimble and highly mobile defence so he’ll feel at home if he does come. er…

badaab
badaab
7 years ago

I have heard of this bloke who was, until recently, employed. Having been sacked, he’d be available for no fee… Oh wait, ‘appy ‘arry can’t play in goal.

Joking aside, I think we should try and hold on to vito mannone and sell fabianski this summer.

Gutbukkit Deffrolla
Gutbukkit Deffrolla
7 years ago
Reply to  badaab

It’ll have to be Sandra then.

Craig
7 years ago

It’s about time we were linked with someone new today. We do need a backup keeper. It’s a very tough position to buy for, not many keepers apart from Stuart Taylor want to be backup for most of their career

Midfield Corporal
Midfield Corporal
7 years ago
Reply to  Craig

Great career move by Stuart Taylor, leave The Arsenal to become the No 2 keeper at Villa, made about as much sense as Cudicini leaving Chelsea to be Spuds No 2.
Craig Gordon would be a decent back up IMO, or someone like Given. Szechny needs to be getting advice from a quality experienced player. I do wonder about our Goal keeping coach, is it still Peyton? He hasnt seemed able to iron out the frailties in Almunia and Flappy’s games. Oh to have Seaman passing on his pearls of wisdom.

MAllen
7 years ago

If our lads refuse accept szcz as our number one, let them go. Any new signing we make will do so with the expectation that they will be on the bench. Lets not get our panties in a bunch until the story is confirmed by the Arsenal.

Brandon
Brandon
7 years ago

Mans a solid 80 on fifa. http://futhead.com/12/player/9290

AMURICAH
AMURICAH
7 years ago
Reply to  Brandon

another man who knows what futhead is. nice.

Insight
Insight
7 years ago

It appears GK may be the position in the most urgent need! No one to back up our Szczesny!

Cygan's Right Foot
Cygan's Right Foot
7 years ago
Reply to  Insight

Martinez if needs be

dejilinho
dejilinho
7 years ago

I just woke up from a dream… Walcott to Chelsea?

gunnerjoe
gunnerjoe
7 years ago
Reply to  dejilinho

Keep your dreams to your self what made you think your important enough for the rest of us to care.

dejilinho
dejilinho
7 years ago
Reply to  gunnerjoe

It’s “you are” or “you’re”…

…I care about your grammar though.

Gunner
Gunner
7 years ago

McGregor from Rangers’s free agent. Could be one to watch I wouldn’t be surprised if AW go for him

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Nick
Nick
7 years ago

Why is that any time Arsenal are linked with any player “Tottenham are also said to be interested” appears? Spuds are like Herpes.

kiss my arsenal
kiss my arsenal
7 years ago
Reply to  Nick

haha you beat me to it, even though i was going to say that spuds are like (insert name of any known STD here), which would also have been true

Goon Mate
Goon Mate
7 years ago
Reply to  Nick

It’s because they have no scouts. Only pick interest in players rumoured to be linked with Arsenal. O wait! “Arsenal linked with prolific English Goal Machine, Emile Heskey” Now Sp*rs go for him! 😀

Goon Mate
Goon Mate
7 years ago

Can’t believe the statement said “…Tottenham Hotspur” *Yuck* *Heave*! Thought they were just Sp*rs

Arseman
Arseman
7 years ago

Catchy name. I like him.

Bunburyist
Bunburyist
7 years ago

In the summer of 2010, there were persistent rumors about us moving for Viviano. That was the same summer we were chasing Mark Schwarzer and then made a bid for Reina… What a stupid summer that was.

RohTopGun
RohTopGun
7 years ago
Reply to  Bunburyist

No dude. That bloke was Federico Marchetti.

alex
alex
7 years ago

From what I’ve seen of him, he seems a pretty decent keeper – being backup to Buffon is no insult. I’d feel pretty confident with him between the sticks so he should keep Szczesny on his toes. Hope there’s something to this, we do need to sign a keeper I think because Martinez probably isn’t good enough to be our second stringer just yet.

George Blazenby
7 years ago

I’m not sure it’s entirely correct to call him Buffon’s backup.. I think he’s actually 4th or 5th choice. Viviano didn’t make Italy’s Euro 2012 squad, with De Scantis from Napoli and Sirigu from PSG getting in ahead of him. And at the World Cup, Marchetti from Lazio played when Buffon was injured..

Whisht
Whisht
7 years ago

Is this a backup transfer story, as no real stories around?

Fair enough, I’ll take what I can get.

Pedant
Pedant
7 years ago
Reply to  Whisht

Football is a squad game. You can’t win without strength in depth.

Stuff like this is important.

Whisht
Whisht
7 years ago
Reply to  Pedant

erm, it was just a joke.

albeit unfunny, so fair enough!

lucky
lucky
7 years ago

arsenal we need Marco Reus, M’villa, Vertonghen, Yanga-Mbiwa…

alex
alex
7 years ago
Reply to  lucky

Messi would be good too.

goonalizer
goonalizer
7 years ago

Nasri is a cunt

buckagh
buckagh
7 years ago

Rangers keeper is refusing to join newco, is he any good? haven’t seen him play.

Hudson Hornet
7 years ago
Reply to  buckagh

Yep he will do. Why waste time watching him?

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7 years ago
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