Runar Alex Runarsson is closing in on a move to Turkish side Altay Spor, though the exact nature of the move isn’t yet clear.

Arsenal's Icelandic goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson comes on after Arsenal's German goalkeeper Bernd Leno leaves the field on being red carded during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on February 2, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)
Arsenal’s Icelandic goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson comes on after Bernd Leno leaves the field on being red-carded during the English Premier League football match between Wolverhampton Wanderers and Arsenal at the Molineux stadium in Wolverhampton, central England on February 2, 2021. (Photo by Catherine Ivill / POOL / AFP)

Turkish journalist Ege Engin originally reported that Altay Spor were in the final stages of a move for Runar Alex Runarsson. Charles Watts then picked up the story, confirming that Runarsson was close to leaving Arsenal.

Watts added that Runarsson was in talks with Altay Spor and the deal was still to be finalised, but it could be permanent.

Writing on Instagram, Chris Wheatley then said he expected the deal to be permanent. However, Engin claims it will be a one-year loan, adding that they’ve finally reached a resolution after one-and-a-half months of negotiations.

Obviously, Runarsson needs a new club for the upcoming season. He’s not going to get games at Arsenal, and he desperately needs a chance to improve his reputation after his last start for the Gunners went so poorly.

There’s also the risk he misses out on the squad again, as was the case for the Europa League fixtures last season.

From that point of view, even a loan would be a big boost for him. A permanent move would be better for all parties, allowing Arsenal to cut ties and Runarsson a chance at a clean slate with the pressure off, but either option is better than staying in London.

As for what this means for Arsenal, the Express report that youth goalkeeper Arthur Okonkwo is likely to step up and fill Runarsson’s position in the squad. Okonkwo is highly rated and appears to be heading for a long-term contract after his old deal expired in June.