Arsenal closing in on Runarsson as replacement for Martinez

Arsenal are closing in on the signing of Runar Alex Runarsson as a replacement for Emiliano Martinez who will join Aston Villa, according to Simon Collings of the Evening Standard.

The Gunners have stepped up their efforts to bring the Icelandic goalkeeper to the Emirates and are in talks with French side Dijon where Runarsson currently plays. It is understood that a fee of £1.5 million could be sufficient to land the 25 year old.

Runarsson started his career at Icelandic side KR Reykjavik before moving to Danish side Nordsjaelland in 2014. He worked with current Arsenal goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana at the Danish club and the Spaniard is sure to have played a key role in recommending that the Gunners sign him this summer, as per Arseblog

The 25 year old joined Dijon in June 2018. He made 14 appearances for the French side in all competitions last season. He has made five appearances for Iceland’s senior team. 

Dijon chief scout, Sebastien Larcier said the following about Runarsson ahead of his move to the French club in 2018, according to Get French Football News:

“When we discovered his profile, the interest was immediately strong…He is technically talented, he is not afraid to play high and has very good footwork. In addition, he has the temperament and charisma.”

The North London club were believed to be interested in signing Brentford’s David Raya but the Championship side refused to part ways with their goalkeeper this summer.

Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that the Icelandic goalkeeper will move to Arsenal this summer. It looks like Runarsson is headed to North London to compete with Bernd Leno to be Arsenal’s first choice goalkeeper. 

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