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Arsenal agree £1.8 million fee with Dijon to sign Runarsson

Arsenal have agreed a £1.8 million fee with Dijon to sign Runar Alex Runarsson, according to Mohamed Bouhafsi of French radio station RMC. 

Runarsson will sign a five year deal with the North London club. His medical will be done in two stages with the first part beginning in Dijon today and the second part taking place in Paris.

The 25 year old 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 believed to have recommended that the Gunners sign him this summer. 

The Icelandic goalkeeper 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 deal is unlikely to be completed in time for Runarsson to be in the squad for Arsenal’s Premier League game against West Ham, according to Mark Mann-Bryans of the Press Association. He will most probably be in the squad for the North London side’s next match. 

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CorporateMan
CorporateMan
1 month ago

I can only surmise that the coaches at Arsenal don’t rate Matt Macey. Otherwise why spend £12m on two backups for Leno, both of whom are in the same age bracket with Macey.

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