Serie B club Palermo announced the deal with a short statement on their official website which read: “Goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has been released to Arsenal on loan with the option to buy.” A product of the Brescia youth system, Viviano went on to play for the club for five years before signing Bologna, with Inter Milan purchasing 50 per cent of his registration before the move. He went on to spend a season at the San Siro but a knee injury curtailed his first-team opportunities in Milan with a move to Palermo completed in 2012. The club were relegated to Serie B last season but Viviano spent the campaign on loan at Fiorentina, who finished fourth in Serie A. Wenger has already added the free transfer signings of forward Yaya Sanogo and the returning Mathieu Flamini and has now strengthened another key position at the Emirates Stadium. Wenger revealed his delight at being able to bring Viviano to north London, admitting the goalkeeper had been on his radar. “Viviano is a player that we have rated for some time and we are very pleased to have signed him on loan,” he told arsenal.com. “He’s experienced and has proved himself at a high level, and provides us with excellent cover to our existing goalkeepers.” The 27-year-old Italy international becomes Arsene Wenger’s third signing of the summer and will compete with Wojciech Szczesny to be the Frenchman’s first-choice stopper for the remainder of the campaign. Wenger is believed to have had a long-standing interest in Viviano as he looks to create competition in between the posts for Arsenal, with Lukasz Fabianski also available as an option. Press Association Palermo have confirmed that goalkeeper Emiliano Viviano has signed a season-long loan deal with Arsenal, with the Gunners having the option to make the deal permanent.
Oil spill off the coast of Venezuela Non-governmental organizations (NGO’s) in Venezuela have blamed the state owned oil company Petrotrin for the presence of crude oil residue found on the shores of the tourist island, Margarita.According to a local environmental group – Papa Bois Conservation – while authorities have not yet officially tested the oil found in Margarita, there are suggestions that it came from the Pointe-Pierre Refinery of the Petrotrin Company.“These are pictures from Venezuela showing how bad it is. Reports are that beaches in Margarita and further afield have been affected and Venezuelan social media is holding Trinidad & Tobago accountable.”Meanwhile, Venezuelan media reports say Venezuela’s Prosecution Office has launched an investigation.“The Venezuelan Public Prosecutor’s Office (MP) reported today that it is investigating the environmental damages suffered by the country’s eastern coast following the oil spill from the Pointe-Pierre refinery of the Petrotrin company of the Republic of Trinidad and Tobago.“It says authorities have asked Petrotrin and the Ministry of energy and Energy Industries “to make reports to assess the damages and the cost of sanitation”.Last month, Trinidad and Tobago’s Energy Minister Franklin Khan said an investigation will be launched into the circumstances surrounding an oil spill which, according to Petrotrin, resulted in an estimated 300 barrels of oil escaping from a ruptured storage tank into the seas.U.S. partners with Guyana on oil spill measures
Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is still without a club after his move to Eintracht Frankfurt collapsed due to high wage demands.After being released by Arsenal this summer, the 26-year-old is a free agent and currently looking for a new club.He had been expected to complete a move to Frankfurt, with the Bundesliga side keen to add the striker to their squad.However, German news outlet Kicker are now reporting that contract talks have broken down due to Bendtner’s excessive wage demands.The Dane was on £52,000-a-week during his time in North London and it is believed he is reluctant to see that figure drop. 1 Nicklas Bendtner