Arsenal have been looking for an Emiliano Martinez replacement after he has departed to play consistent football for Aston Villa.
They were keen on Brentford goalkeeper David Raya, but the Championship side are reluctant to allow him to leave. The Gunners have responded by looking to France for some cover for Bernd Leno.
It was announced by the Gunners that goalkeeper Alex Runarsson, who was playing at Ligue 1 side Dijon, has joined to club on a permanent transfer. He is tied down for four years and he will wear the number 13 shirt for the club.
Manager Mikel Arteta spoke about the signing on the Arsenal site, saying: “We want to create healthy competition for places and we look forward to seeing Alex bring further depth to the goalkeeping position.”
Icelandic international Runarsson has made five appearances for his country, per Transfermarkt, and at club level he has racked up 116 appearances, keeping 19 clean sheets and conceding 196 goals.
He is nothing special but it is a signing that makes sense as the club needed cover for Leno and only cost them £1.5m, so Arsenal could use the rest of the £20m they got for Martinez to spend on a player who will have more of an influence elsewhere on the pitch.
It is good that the club have acted quickly for a replacement, so it doesn’t become a problem if Leno gets injured again like he did last year, and now Arteta can focus on bigger targets and ensuring a good start to the season.
Therefore the signing makes perfect sense and with the Gunners competing in the Premier League, two domestic cups and the Europa League, there is no doubt that the new signing will definitely be getting some game time this campaign and he can show supporters of the club that he is a good cover.
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