Arsenal complete £1m deal to add goalkeeper Runarsson on four-year deal

The Gunners have signed a new backup for Bernd Leno following Emiliano Martinez’s departure

Arsenal have completed the signing of Icelandic international Runar Alex Runarsson, the club announced on Monday.

The goalkeeper signs on a four-year contract from French club Dijon, moving to Arsenal in the wake of Emiliano Martinez’s move to Aston Villa.

With Martinez’s departure, Arsenal were in the market for a backup goalkeeper, with Runarsson making the move to London to fill that role in a deal worth just over £1 million (€1.1m/$1.3m).

“We’re very pleased to welcome Alex to our squad,” said Arsenal technical director Edu. “We have been monitoring him for some time and from the analysis, he has strong attributes that we look for in a goalkeeper and as a person.”

Added manager Mikel Arteta: “We want to create healthy competition for places and we look forward to seeing Alex bring further depth to the goalkeeping position.”

More to come…

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