Will Viviano replace the Pole between the sticks?
With the news that Arsenal have made another signing in the shape of Palermo goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, fanatix compares the Italian with current No.1 Wojniech Szczezny.
International: Poland, 14 caps.
Last season: 25 Premier League matches, 10 clean-sheets.
Szczezny came under some serious criticism last term and was dropped in favour of Vito Mannone and Lukasz Fabianski.
However, at 23-years-old there is still plenty of time for the Poland international to mature and under Arsene Wenger, there are few better managers in the business at nurturing young players.
There was perhaps too much pressure on Szczezny to fill some pretty big gloves left by Jens Lehmann in 2011, but the ‘keeper has noticeably improved in the past two seasons.
Vital experience in the Champions League and international tournaments such as Euro 2012 – despite the red card – will be key to the Pole’s progression.
International: Italy, six caps.
Last season: 32 Serie A matches, 12 clean-sheets.
Viviano is Italy’s second choice stopper behind stalwart Gianluigi Buffon and played during the nation’s qualifiers for Euro 2012.
Yet in the ‘keeper’s younger days the promise shown suggested the Palermo player was a dead certainty to succeed Buffon in the national team.
However, torn knee ligaments in 2011 and somewhat inconsistent form from Viviano has put a halt to that for the time being and Szczezny will still be favoured over the Italian until something goes wrong.
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