Arsenal have completed and officially confirmed the signing of goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon. The amount of the fee for this transfer remains undisclosed, but reports suggest Arsenal will be paying just over £1 million for the services of the Iceland international.
The Gunners parted ways with Emiliano Martinez recently, with the 27-year-old now gone to take the next step in his career at Aston Villa. This left them momentarily without a backup option for first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno, and that is where Runarsson comes in.
The 25-year-old shot-stopper started his career with KR Reykjavik back in his homeland and moved on to FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark in January 2014. Four and a half years later, he made his way to France to sign for Dijon and made a total of 45 appearances for his now former club.
Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta said this signing was made as part of the club’s plan to create healthy competition for places in this team and add depth to the goalkeeping department, though it’s hard to imagine Runarsson actually representing a challenge for Leno given that Martinez, who performed admirably in Leno’s absence recently, couldn’t oust the German from between the posts.
Be that as it may, technical director Edu revealed that the club had been monitoring Runarsson for quite some time before they decided to make this move, and that they are convinced he possesses all the qualities necessary for his role at Arsenal, both as a goalkeeper and as a person.
Runarsson has signed a four-year contract with the club, and some reports suggest he could be handed a debut in the Carabao Cup clash with Leicester City on Wednesday, though that may be a shade too optimistic. After all, there’s only two days left to prepare for that game.
Arsenal can be backed at 6/4 to win.