Italian, Emiliano Viviano made the temporary move to the Emirates Stadium from Serie A outfit Palermo on Transfer Deadline Day along with Mesut Ozil. As the German has already made his mark at the club with a string of impressive performances, Viviano has not managed to even play for a single minute, let along breaking into the first team.
His path has been blocked by the likes of Lukasz Fabianski who is playing second fiddle to first-choice Szczesny. The Polish custodian has been in fine form for the club and has been instrumental in Arsenal’s impressive defensive record this season, which is a major factor in the Gunners leading the league table at this point.
Despite this, Viviano has revealed that he intends to break into the first-team sometime soon at the cost of the in-form Szczesny. He wants to convince manager Arsene Wenger of his abilities and cause a selection headache for him in the coming matches. He spoke about his two direct competitors and while praising them, said that he wishes to get ahead of them. Metro reported him as saying, “I know Fabianski was a little unlucky with injuries last year and I’ve seen Szczesny play a lot and he is a great goalkeeper,”
“But I will hard with them both to compete. It’s a positive fight.”
“It is important that I work hard every day to show my quality.”
With the on-loan goalkeeper looking determined to make his mark during his stint at Arsenal, do you see him breaking into the side any time soon? Will he manage to get some game time at the expense of Szczesny in the coming weeks/months?
As things stand, it does not look like Wenger would use him straight away in the league games, nor does it look like Viviano will feature for Arsenal in the mid-week games for the UEFA Champions League. The safest bet for Wenger would be to probably try Viviano in the cup games when he decides to give Szczesny a breather. Do you see him taking those opportunities and cementing his place in the team?