Arsenal in talks to sign Raya alternative

Arsenal are in talks to sign Icelandic shotstopper Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson from Dijon, despite the latest David Raya reports.

Emiliano Martinez has completed his move to Aston Villa according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, although official confirmation is yet to be announced.

The Argentine was left out of the squad that beat Fulham on Saturday afternoon, with Matt Macey taking his place on the bench, which all-but confirmed to keen eyed fans that the 28 year-old’s time at the Emirates was up, despite his heroics in winning both the FA Cup and Community Shield in recent months.

His departure is expected to see a replacement arrive in his place, with Macey not deemed ready to be our second-choice this term, and that player was expected to be David Raya.

The Brentford shotstopper has been left out of the last two Bees’ squads which was believed to be down to his imminent departure, with rumours claiming he had told the club he wished to join Arsenal, but Mike McGrath from the Telegraph we are now said to be eyeing an alternative target.

25 year-old Rúnarsson has impressed in Ligue 1 with Dijon over the past two seasons, and could well find himself on the move.

Arsenal are also believed to be working on offloading some players as they look to raise funds to bolster their midfield, having so far failed to agree a fee with either Lyon or Atletico Madrid for Thomas Partey or Houssem Aouar as of yet, and the Express now claims it will likely be only one of the two that now joins the club this summer.

Are Arsenal simply getting a back-up option or could we be looking for a cheaper alternative as we look to bolster our budget?

Patrick

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14 Comments

  1. Reggie says:

    As far as i understand he isn’t even no1 at dijon, he is their no2. Definitely not an upgrade on Martinez.

    1. McLovin says:

      Upgrade on Martinez? No chance we gonna spend + £17m on a back up goalie!

      Back up is a back up. No other team in the league have spent on back ups either:

      United – Romero (FREE)
      City – Carson (FREE)
      Pool – Adrian (FREE)
      Spurs – Hart/Gazzaniga (FREE/2.5m)

      1. Reggie says:

        Point is we have a “back up” that cost us peanuts. Not having a decent back up last season may have cost us the FA cup. I see no reason to downgrade.

  2. Ibrahim sorie kabia says:

    I watch him play he is a good goalkeeper. I love the way he saves ball

  3. Sue says:

    He’s from Dijon? Will he cut the mustard?! 🤣 *groan*

    1. Admin Pat says:

      Sue! That was pretty hot!

    2. jon fox says:

      Sue, On a technicality is is quite difficult to cut mustard. Even impossible!

  4. RSH says:

    The low price makes sense. But adding another non-homegrown to an already full list would be strange. Espescially since he would be a backup GK. Sounds like a wasted slot. Surely we can find a passable No2 in the league for a cheap price.

  5. Ubong israel says:

    Arsenal! Arsenal!! Arsenal!!!, please let us signing the player that we want and stop deceiving people with breaking news everyday

  6. A J says:

    And the link would seem to be ………………….

    “Arsenal’s current goalkeeping coach, Inaki Cana Pavon, was at Norwegian club “FC Nordsjaelland ” while Runarsson was there, which would explain the Gunners’ interest.

    Whilst at FC Nordsjaelland in 2014, Runarsson made 60 first-team appearances while also earning his first senior Iceland cap in 2017.

    The keeper’s impressive performances led to him signing for French side Dijon in 2018 on a four-year contract.”

  7. Sue says:

    Apparently the deal is €2m…. we’re going to have a viking in the squad 😜 *viking thunder clap*

  8. A J says:

    Yes Sue, great idea .

    A campaign please to raise the atmosphere at the Ems’ – we want “THE VIKING THUNDER CLAP” !!

    However, it seems right now the “SAMBA IN THE STANDS” would be more appropriate !

    Mind you, either would involve club level putting their prawn sandwiches down for a bit (probably an unfair comment – meow !).

    1. Sue says:

      🤣 Samba in the stands – brilliant, A J
      All we need now is a Mexican and we can do the wave!! Followed by the samba then the clap!! Who says the Emirates is like a library?!! 😜

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