According to a report from Iceland, Arsenal are on the verge of completing a deal to sign Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson with the player set to undergo a medical and sign a five-year deal.
With Emi Martinez off to Aston Villa because he doesn’t want to fight to be number one at Arsenal, the club were left searching for another number two.
Brentford’s David Raya has been heavily linked and there was even talk of the player handing in a transfer request to make the move happen. Brentford, however, did not want to sell.
Rúnarsson currently plays for Dijon in Ligue 1.
In addition, Rúnarsson previously worked with Arsenal goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana at FC Nordsjælland. Given the work Cana has done with Bernd Leno and Martinez, Mikel Arteta is likely to trust his opinion on goalkeepers.
Rúnarsson was in and out of the Dijon team last season, appearing in 11 of their 28 league games. He got a run in the side directly before lockdown, starting four in a row.
The 25-year-old is also an Iceland international, with five caps so far. He made the squad for the most recent international break, featuring on the bench against England and Belgium in the last week. However, his last start was in November 2018.
🤦♂️ Of all Ligue 1 goalkeepers to have made 20+ apps since the start of the 2018/29 season, Runar Alex Runarsson has the worst save success rate – 57.8 per cent
🤷♂️ Arsenal have reportedly lined up the 25-year-old as a potential replacement for Emi Martinez… pic.twitter.com/abazBfvs9o
— WhoScored.com (@WhoScored) September 14, 2020
That means he’s not a regular for club nor country but, then, neither was Martinez before his 2019 loan to Reading.
If the rumours are true and Cana likes him, we’ll have to trust his judgement.
The Icelandic report claims the player will cost Arsenal around £1.5m (250m ISK).