Player undergoes medical in London, 25-year-old will join Arsenal on a 5-year deal

By on September 15, 2020

According to Icelandic outlet DV 4-3-3 via the Express, goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson underwent a medical in London on Monday and will join Arsenal from Dijon in a £1.5m deal.

Mikel Arteta is on the look out for a new stopper as Emi Martinez is heading to Aston Villa. The Argentinean waited patiently for his chance at Arsenal and was excellent during the second half of last season while Bernd Leno was injured.

Martinez played superbly well in several league games and was pivotal in our FA Cup success last season. He even started in the Community Shield victory over Liverpool earlier this month.

At 28, Martinez now wants regular first team football but with Leno fully fit again, Arteta can’t guarantee him that so the South American has decided to seek a fresh challenge at Aston Villa.

Arsenal now need to find a replacement and David Raya has been linked but Brentford aren’t willing to sell. It looks like we’ve moved on to other targets and Runarsson emerged as a shock candidate earlier this week with The Telegraph claiming Arsenal had opened talks with Dijon over a £1.5m deal.

Those negotiations must have gone well as Icelandic outlet DV 4-3-3, via the Express, claims that Runarsson was in London undergoing his medical on Monday and is set to join Arsenal on a five-year contract.

Apparently goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana worked with Runarsson during their time together at Nordsjaelland and he recommended the 25-year-old to Arteta so we’ve moved swiftly to get a deal in place.

Runarsson has been in and out the Dijon team since joining the club in 2018 and has just 36 appearances to his name so he doesn’t have a lot of first team experience in a major European league. He has five caps for Iceland but hasn’t played for his country since 2018 so I think this is a HUGELY risky signing.

I think we should be bringing in an experienced keeper to support Leno and it’s going to be a season-ending nightmare if Leno gets injured and we have to rely on Runarsson for an extended period of time.

My only hope is Arteta is actually signing him as a replacement for Matt Macey – who’s suggested he wants to leave this summer. So Arsenal could make Runarsson third choice and still be in the market for a No.2. Let’s hope so, anyway.