Italian stopper joins Gunners on busy transfer deadline day.
Palermo have confirmed that goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has joined Arsenal on a season-long loan, with an option to buy at the end of the campaign.
The Rosanero confirmed the move on their official website, with the 27-year-old set to join up with his new team-mates after passing a medical earlier on Monday, with Gunners manager Arsene Wenger having the option to buy him outright next summer.
Viviano spent last season on loan with Fiorentina, the club he supported as a child, but after being guilty of committing key mistakes he found himself in and out of the team, and the Viola decided against purchasing him.
Having been a permanent fixture in the Italian national squad under Cesare Prandelli, Viviano had been expected to be the heir to Gianluigi Buffon for the Azzurri.
However, a serious knee injury in 2011 resulted in a setback in his career, one which some suggest he has never fully recovered from, but he remains a talented ‘keeper.
Nevertheless, he will represent solid competition for the likes of Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski, while Wenger will hope to continue his spending in the final hours of the deadline.
Having now addressed the requirement to add another goalkeeper to his squad, it is understood that the French tactician is hopeful of tying up a deal for Real Madrid playmaker Mesut Ozil.