Arsenal goalkeeping flop may head for Brighton

Emiliano Viviano

Italian goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano's loan spell at Arsenal hasn't exactly gone according to plan, but Brighton are apparently keen to sign him.

Emiliano Viviano needs to jump-start his career after a terrible time at Arsenal and Brighton could be the place to do that.

Viviano represented Italy at Under-19, Under-20 and Under-21 level and has six full caps to his name having once been tipped to be the next great Azzurri goalkeeper.

But since his time at Brescia between 2005 and 2009 when he was impeccable between the posts, things have been quite tough for Viviano.

After a season at Bologna, the towering 28-year-old began to move around and, finding no space at Inter, ended up at Palermo.

Palermo loaned Vivano to Fiorentina where he had a good season and agreed to join Arsenal on a season loan, hoping to make his mark in the Premier League.

However, Viviano's time at the Emirates Stadium has been miserable. He hasn't started a senior game for Arsene Wenger and suffered a horror show in his debut for the Under-21 side back in December, losing 5-1.

Arsenal have the option in the loan agreement to make the deal permanent, but that seems highly unlikely.

Palermo have just been promoted to Serie A but they don't seem that keen to bring Viviano back either, so Brighton may step in to offer him a lifeline.

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Italian website Tuttomercatoweb admits these are early days in the process but believes that Brighton are weighing up making an offer.

Whether Viviano wants to stay in England despite his nightmare season remains to be seen as there are probably several Serie A sides who would take a risk on him.

Should Arsenal have given Viviano more of a chance?

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