Arsenal pull the plug on 26 year-old’s exit in a turn of events

Runar Alex Runarsson was believed to have all-but completed a move to join Altay in Turkey on a season-long loan, but reports are now claiming of a collapse.

The goalkeeper joined the club from Dijon last summer, only to fail to meet expectations, and subsequently found himself demoted in January as we moved to bring in Maty Ryan in on loan from Brighton.

We are still yet to bring in a suitable back-up to Bernd Leno, but that hasn’t stopped our efforts to offload Runarsson, who was expected to be completing his move this week.

Less than 48 hours ago, Football.London were reporting that this deal was done, and that he was set to travel to Turkey to complete his move, but that no longer appears to be the case.

Football.London now claims that negotiations broke down over a disagreement over a loan fee.

Arthur Okonkwo has already been named as the third-choice goalkeeper going into the new campaign, while there are numerous reports linking us with different back-up goalkeepers this summer, although there doesn’t appear to be anything concrete on the table at present.

I don’t think you’ll hear any complaints about a departure for Runarsson, who disappointed when getting his chance in the first-team, although I think most would be more pleased to find a more permanent solution.


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  1. I know he had a mare against City, but for heaven’s sake who didn’t? He also kept a couple of clean sheets. He was at this level for the first time and was obviously going to be nervous. I am certain the likes of Almunia, Fabianski and even Cech had just as many bad games in their first few matches, but we’re afforded much more time to adjust and settle down.

  2. now all clubs are clearing their deadwoods to make room for the new signings and we are in double mind over our deadwoods(nobody wanted them) whether to sell/loan or not. now other top clubs are not even interested in our so called big players(they are happy with this mediocrity and collect their wage)

    1. There is a disagreement over the loan fee would you rather have him go on loan without Arsenal been paid a dime?

  3. they probably finally went on youtube, fired the individual who was responsible for even contemplating such a move, then did the whole “Who dis, new phone” gig when we called back

  4. its cheaper going for him as our backup keeper rather than spending 30m+ on a keeper whose resume is filled with relegated clubs on arrival

  5. So many experts weighing in on Runarsson; the guy played three times.

    You have to question anything the club does with goal keepers. The same people looking to ditch him after three games were the ones who signed him in the first place.

    These are the same people that offloaded one the top keepers in the league for 19 million (Emi Martinez) after paying so much more for Leno. Those same people want to ditch Runarsson for next to nothing, then pay 40 million for Aaron Ramsdale.

    Someone take the crack pipe away from these people.

    The season starts in three weeks. Arsenal have yet to make a first XI signing, and we’re talking about spending all that money on a back up goalkeeper? Please let this be another stupid Arsenal transfer rumor.

    In 38 games with Sheffield United, Ramsdale conceded 68 goals and kept 5 clean sheets. the club was relegated. Obviously, it’s not all his fault, and at 23 he’s a young keeper, but this is not a 40 million player.

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