Viviano loan deal was a 'no-brainer', says Wenger

The Italy international kept 11 clean sheets on loan with Fiorentina last season and the Arsenal boss believes the club have recruited a player "at the top of his game"
Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has labelled the season-long loan signing of goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano as a "no-brainer".

The 27-year-old joined the Gunners in a deadline-day switch from relegated Palermo having enjoyed a loan spell the preceding season with Serie A side Fiorentina - keeping 11 clean sheets in the process.

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Wenger is delighted to have signed the Italian, who he believes is playing at his peak, and revealed that the club were desperate to bring in a third goalkeeper as cover and competition for Wojciech Szczesny and Lukasz Fabianski.

"He comes to the club at the top of his game. It was a very good deal for us at a good moment, I think it was a no-brainer as well," the 63-year-old told Arsenal Player.

"With two goalkeepers available for the Premier League and all the competitions we face, we felt we were a bit short because sometimes you have injuries and sometimes you need to rest one of the goalkeepers.

"At the moment, Wojciech is number one unless I decide otherwise. They are all competing for the place of the number one. At the moment, one and two are Wojciech and Fabianski. After, maybe I will rotate.

"Viviano is a highly-rated goalkeeper in Italy so we have three goalkeepers that are very compact quality-wise."