Runar Alex Runarsson travelling to London to finalise his move to Arsenal after passing medical to complete £2million switch to provide competition for Bernd Leno
- Arsenal have turned to Runar Alex Runarsson after selling Emiliano Martinez
- Argentine Martinez joined Aston Villa earlier this week in a £20m deal
- Iceland international Runarsson, 25, underwent a medical in France on Thursday
- Goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana worked with Runarsson at FC Nordsjaelland
Runar Alex Runarsson is due in London today to finalise his £2m move to Arsenal.
The Gunners have turned to Dijon stopper Runarsson to bolster their goalkeeping department after selling Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa for £20m.
Iceland international Runarsson, 25, underwent a medical in France yesterday ahead of travelling to the capital to wrap up his switch.
Dijon keeper Runar Alex Runarsson is due in London today to finalise his £2m move to Arsenal
The Gunners have turned to Runarsson after selling Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa for £20m
Manager Mikel Arteta said: ‘Obviously with the departure of Emi which is a big loss and someone that I think we always want the best for what he has done for the football club and also the person he is, we have to replace him and we have been looking in the market and I think that we will shortly be in a position to announce our new signing.
‘I don’t know [if it will be announced in hours or days]. In football the hours can become days and something that looks unlikely can happen straight away so unfortunately I cannot tell you.’
Runarsson will become Arsenal’s latest summer addition after Willian, Gabriel and the returning Dani Ceballos while Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari also had their loan moves made permanent.
Arsenal’s goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana has played a key role in Arsenal’s hunt for a replacement for Martinez and back up to No.1 Bernd Leno
Arsenal goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana worked with Runarsson at Danish side FC Nordsjaelland
Cana worked with Runarsson at Danish side FC Nordsjaelland and also Brentford’s David Raya, another goalkeeper Arsenal have targeted.
Raya is desperate to make the move to the Emirates and Arsenal had offered £10m for the 25 year-old.
Brentford were initially determined not to sell Raya and rejected the offer, forcing Arsenal to turn their attention to Runarsson.
Cana has played a key role in Arsenal’s hunt for a back up to No.1 goalkeeper Bernd Leno
The Bees have now softened their stance and are open to selling but would want Raya to be loaned back for the season.
Arteta admitted a second goalkeeper signing may have to be made with Matt Macey, who was on the bench at Fulham last weekend, keen to move on this summer.
Arteta said: ‘Depending on what is going to happen with our third goalkeeping position as well because we have some talks about that in the last few…