Arsenal flop close to departing the Emirates for Belgium

Arsenal’s calamitous third-choice goalkeeper, Alex Runarsson, will make a deadline day switch to Belgium.

The Iceland international joined the Gunners last summer from Dijon as they looked for a second choice goalkeeper.

They had been left short of options in that position after selling Emi Martinez to Aston Villa.

He proved to be a disastrous signing and they signed Mat Ryan on loan from Brighton in the January transfer window to provide cover for Bernd Leno.

The Australian has since left the Gunners and they have just splashed the cash on signing Aaron Ramsdale from Sheffield United.

Ramsdale and Leno will battle for the number one spot and it is almost certain that Runarsson will play little or no football if he remains at the club.

The Daily Mail says he is now set to move to Belgium to play for Heverlee Leuven.

They play in their first division and feel that Runarsson can provide them with some quality in that department.

The Gunners remain one of the struggling clubs in England at the moment after they started their campaign poorly.

They hope to trim down their squad on this transfer deadline day so that Mikel Arteta can have only the best players to work with after the international break.

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10 Comments

  1. Armoury says:

    Typical Arteta signings. They call it rebuilding. But I can only see the trial and error method. Let’s hope you not gonna blame Kronke

    1. Johnze says:

      You are right. He is kroenke fault LOL… What a terrible signing. Cost 1.5m apparently plus 40k per week that i guess we will partly pay… And he still have 2 more contract years after this one…

  2. Glorious says:

    Loaning him will aide his development. The potential is there for him, just that he is not ready for this level the club has put him. In the next three or four, he will come good.

  3. Vithal says:

    This one is madness & reflects lack of experience. So Arsenal sell Martinez of 20M & buy Alex for 1.5M + Salary. Then they also loan Brighton goal keeper for 6 months & then sign another keeper after year for 24M + addons..
    similarly buy Saliba for 25M not use him & then buy Ben white for 50M..
    All this while no money to improve the weakest area which is midfield

    1. Johnze says:

      Plus the 15m(total deal was 35 for 3 years) wasted on willian. And the club is lucky if he is really leaving the 20m on the table… Then people will say we dont have a billionaire to compete lol… kroenke spent millions last years. I am not saying he is the perfect owner, of course he is not spending as much as some others… But the main problem is that millions are so badly used in the last years… Paying kolasinac or cedric wages or runarsson ones last year (2m) for 1 game… Letting mavropanos go on loan for barely anything while spending 13+m on Mari. Having kept until the end mustafi, now eddie or laca while the club stated he would never commit the sames mistakes they kept doing since a few years by letting players at the club until the end of their contract… Not having been able to force an obligation to buy with torreira last year etc…. We are the 5th team in term of wages… We should normally be way better. At least strongly contend for 5th/6th place…

  4. SueP says:

    Felt sorry for him. It was an offer too good to turn down but not good enough at the point of signing. Maybe with good coaching at Arsenal over time…
    Arteta as manager is over all responsible but I’d hazard it’s not his area of expertise so someone must have recommended Runarrson

  5. Sue says:

    Good luck and all the best! Put this nightmare behind you

    1. Ozziegunner says:

      👍

  6. Ximplicity says:

    I think it is really unfair to call the dude flop.. How many chances was he given?, he even made his debut against Man city with the pressure the media + our fans put on him because he came to replace your favorite Emi + having Mustafi and co as your defender, there is no way he wouldn’t had made a mistake and conceeded silly goals, even the better one does. The same Man City scored 5 goals with Leno and is he a flop?, Alex confidence was sucked right off him before he could proof himself and he was given little or no chance at all. I’m not defending him, even Willian was given far more chances than him. I wish him best of luck wherever he’s heading next

  7. Ozziegunner says:

    Calling Runarsson a “flop” is unfair given the few opportunities he had in a high pressure position. Goalkeepers can’t hide, when things go bad.

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