Stopper knows he won’t walk into first team.
New Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has said that he is prepared to fight for his place in the team and knows that he won’t just walk straight into the side, talkSPORT reports.
The 27-year-old has signed on the dotted line from Serie B side Palermo on a season long loan after spending the previous campaign with Fiorentina, and is initially thought to provide support for Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski.
And now Viviano is looking forward to sampling the rigours of the English top flight and has insisted that he will grab any opportunity that comes his way.
“I think it is a good thing that there are other great goalkeepers here. It is a positive fight,” Viviano said on Arsenal Player.
“We are at work every day together and I am sure there will be great friendship.
“I know Fabianski has been a little bit unlucky last year with some injuries. I always see Szczesny play and he is a good goalkeeper, a great goalkeeper. I will work hard with them to [compete].
“It feels good [to sign for Arsenal], it is a dream for me,” he added.
“It is easy [to choose Arsenal], it is one of the best clubs in the world. It is a club with a fantastic story, with a boss (Arsene Wenger) who is one of the best in Europe and for me it is a dream. It is special.
“I know the players, a lot of things about the Premier League because I love the English type of thinking about football and sports.
“It is different, it is always a full stadium, always in every club – whether it is a small team or a small city. They have good teams, with a good training field, good passion.
“I hope I can help Arsenal win every match and I hope my experience with this team and this city can help me get back into the national team.”
Viviano has six international caps to his name for Italy and for a while was the country’s second choice stopper behind Gianluigi Buffon and before Salvatore Sirigu.