AC Milan loan move suggests Arsenal man could be on his way back to Italy

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Reports from Italy claim AC Milan 'keeper Gabriel is leaving on loan, potentially paving the way for Arsenal loanee Emiliano Viviano to take his place.

Last weekend, reports circulated linking Arsenal goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano with a return to Italy.

The player, currently on-loan from Serie B side Palermo, has not had the best of times since a summer switch that was somewhat overshadowed by the arrival of Mesut Ozil and the return of Mathieu Flamini.

He has made the Gunners' bench on just four occasions, and in his single appearance for the under-21s he conceded five goals against Sunderland.

Given that record, it is no surprise he was linked with the Emirates exit, with AC Milan reportedly keen to bring him to the San Siro as cover for Christian Abbiati.

And now that move looks like it has taken another step forward, with reports this evening claiming Milan have allowed reserve goalkeeper Gabriel to join Reggina on loan.

Gabriel has started seven league games for the club this season, and has been on the bench on six occasions.

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With fellow ‘keeper Marco Amelia having just returned from a knee operation, perhaps Milan coach Massimiliano Allegri believes he has enough cover in that position.  But after such serious surgery, and with Abbiati suffering muscular problems earlier in the campaign, another option between the posts may still be required.

If Viviano is to be that man, he will hope the move goes better than his four months to date in North London.

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