Arsenal completes signing of goal keeper Alex Runarsson1 min read
Arsenal have completed the signing of Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson.
The Icelandic international has joined the Gunners in a transfer understood to be worth around £1million. He has signed a four year contract with the club and will wear the No.13 shirt.
Emiliano Martinez’s £20million move to Aston Villa left Arsenal in need of an understudy to Bernd Leno, a role that Runarsson could be asked to fulfill. There is however a possibility that the 25-year-old will find himself as Mikel Arteta’s third choice goalkeeper with the Gunners still keen to sign David Raya.
However with Brentford insistent that they want to keep Raya and under no financial pressure to sell the goalkeeper, who would like to join Arsenal, it is possible that Runarsson may be the Gunners’ back-up option between the posts.
Runarsson was secured for a low fee after falling out of favour with Dijon and losing his starting spot to Alfred Gomis. In 14 games last season the 25-year-old conceded 26 goals.
Arsenal goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana worked with Runarsson at Danish club Nordsjaelland and played an influential role in convincing Arteta to make a move for the goalkeeper.