Arsenal are plotting a move for Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson as a potential replacement for wantaway star Emiliano Martinez.
According to Daily Mail, Arsenal have enquired about the possibility of signing Runar Alex Runarsson. The Dijon goalkeeper has emerged as a potential candidate as the Gunners scour the market in search of a replacement for Emiliano Martinez.
The Argentine goalkeeper is expected to leave Emirates as he is unwilling to play second fiddle to Bernd Leno this season, following an excellent run of form during the back end of last season that saw him attain the highest save percentage than any other Premier League goalkeeper.
Earlier this summer, newly-promoted Leeds United were interested in the services of Martinez. But it seems the goalkeeper is now destined for a move to Aston Villa. As a result, Mikel Arteta is now growing desperate to sign a back-up for Leno.
A few days ago, the north London giants were linked to David Raya of Brentford. The Spaniard was one of Championship’s best goalkeepers last season, helping the Bees almost gain promotion to the top-flight.
However, it seems the Championship outfit has no intention to offloading Raya, having only signed him last summer. So Arsenal’s latest pursuit of Runar Alex Runarsson doesn’t come as a surprise at all.
The Dijon goalkeeper might not be one of the most in-demand players in Europe. In fact, he has even fallen behind Alfred Gomis as the number one goalkeeper for his club so far this season and also isn’t a guaranteed starter for the Iceland national team.
That said, Runarsson, standing at 1.86m, is a talented goalkeeper who is known for his reflexes. The 25-year-old is capable of quicky outstretching his hands and legs while his massive frame allows him to cover a lot of area in goal.
More importantly, Runarsson isn’t afraid to come out of his lines either, which makes him an ideal fit for Arteta’s side, although his passing qualities might not be as effective. Nevertheless, he has the quality to shine at the highest level of football and a move to Arsenal could make sense.
The Icelandic international will have the chance to become the club’s main cup goalkeeper while a move to Premier League should enhance his reputation. However, it remains to be seen whether or not the Gunners will be able to secure his services this summer.