Emiliano Viviano Profile
December 01, 1985
|Previous Club(s)||Brescia, Cesena (loan), Bologna, Inter Milan, Palermo, Fiorentina (loan)|
Italian goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano joined Arsenal on a season-long loan at the start of September. The towering shot-stopper arrived from Serie B side Palermo, who were relegated from the top flight last term, on transfer deadline day.
Emiliano spent the 2012/13 season on loan with Fiorentina, his hometown club, keeping an impressive 11 clean sheets in 32 league appearances. He began his career in Fiorentina’s youth system before joining Brescia, for whom he played 126 times during four years as their first-choice ‘keeper, and has also been on the books of Cesena (on loan), Inter Milan and Bologna. His time at Inter was marred by injury, but he quickly returned to the top level with his most recent employers from Sicily.
An imposing figure at 6ft 5in who is well regarded for his reflexes and his command of the penalty area, Emiliano has been bracketed among Italy’s top goalkeepers during the last few years. Emiliano has represented his senior national team, and made his debut against the Faroe Islands on September 7, 2010 – keeping a clean sheet in a 5-0 victory. He has also represented his country at under-19, under-20 and under-21 levels – and played for Italy in the 2010 Olympic Games, held in Beijing, in their run to the quarter-finals.
A ‘keeper of fine pedigree, Emiliano has joined fellow stoppers Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski in the first team squad this season – and the three will work closely together as they compete for that vaunted place between the posts.