Arsenal Transfer News: Adding Emiliano Viviano Puts Gunners in Championship Mix

Josh Schoch@JoshSchochAnalyst IIIJune 30, 2012

PALERMO, ITALY - MARCH 06:  Emiliano Viviano goalkeeper of Palermo in action during a Palermo training session at Tenente Carmelo Onorato Sports Center on March 6, 2012 in Palermo, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)
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Arsenal are reportedly trying to acquire goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, which would immediately put them into contention with Manchester United and Manchester City to win the Premier League crown.

According to via Sky Sport Italia, the Gunners are now in the mix for Viviano.

Arsenal have joined the chase for the Palermo and Inter owned goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano, reports Sky Sport Italia.

The custodian’s future is in doubt given that neither Palermo nor Inter want him as their No 1 custodian for 2012-13.

Viviano is of interest to Fiorentina and Torino, with a loan deal for the Italian international suggested as a real possibility.

However, it is being reported that Arsenal could become a destination for the former Bologna net-minder.

The Gunners finished third in the Barclays Premier League last season with 70 points. However, they were well behind Manchester United and Manchester City, who both notched 89 points.

With the addition of Viviano, however, the team would address its need for better goalkeeping, and would be much more competitive.

Arsenal allowed 49 goals last season. That's 16 more than Man U, and 20 more than eventual champion Man City.

The Gunners' 74 goals provided more than enough firepower for a championship run, but the allowance of so many goals led to the team finishing well behind the top two competitors.

Viviano is an elite goalie who can contribute to the team. Despite missing part of the season with knee ligament damage, he played well last season and should be healthy next season.

While bringing him in would be good, he would not replace Wojciech Szczesny.

Szczesny is a talented young goalie, but he looked casual at times last season, and allowed goals because of it. It would be good for him to play alongside Viviano, and it could definitely help him develop into the goalkeeper Arsenal need him to be.

The addition of Viviano would be huge for the Gunners, and it could even help them cut the gap between themselves and the top of the league.