Confirmed: Arsenal complete signing of Alex Runarsson from Dijon

Arsenal have completed a deal to sign Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon today, as confirmed by their official website.

The goalkeeper will come in as replacement for Emiliano Martinez, who quit the club to join Aston Villa last week.

Football.London claims the goalkeeper has cost just ยฃ1 Million, which could well give us a much-needed boost to our finances as we look to strengthen our midfield, with strong links with both Houssem Aouar and Thomas Partey.

Runarsson will wear the number 13 shirt this season, and is expected to come in as back-up to Bernd Leno, although there has been strong links with a possible deal to sign Brentfordโ€™s David Raya also.

Edu and Mikel Arteta have both commented on the official Arsenal website on our latest signing too, with the latter hinting that he will provide competition for places.

Technical director Edu said: โ€œWeโ€™re very pleased to welcome Alex to our squad. We have been monitoring him for some time and from the analysis, he has strong attributes that we look for in a goalkeeper and as a person.โ€

Mikel Arteta added: โ€œWe want to create healthy competition for places and we look forward to seeing Alex bring further depth to the goalkeeping position.โ€

There is still two weeks left to make further signings, but I would expect that the Icelandic international will be our only addition between the sticks despite links with a deal to sign the Brentford shotstopper.

Could Runarsson be a replacement for Matt Macey or does his arrival end speculation of further competition for Leno?

Patrick

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46 Comments

  1. Christopher Loum says:

    Welcome Alex to the team, now lets go and get Thomas and Aouar to the team. And thanks alot to the board for acquiring Alex.

  2. Sue says:

    Welcome to the Arsenal!!
    He’s trained all weekend, so could be in the squad at the KP….

  3. Simon says:

    Always going for cheap substitutes

    1. McLovin says:

      Martinelli ยฃ6m
      Guendouzi ยฃ7m

      Both now worth over 30m.

      Leicester bought Mahrez for 400k
      Chelsea bought Cahill for relegated team for 7m

      Dont write Runarsson, yet. Should give him a,chance at least. I mean who in the league has a back up GK worth over 20m?

      1. Otoks says:

        ๐Ÿ‘

      2. Ahmad73 says:

        Have to admit I never even heard of him. But I checked a few YouTube videos and he looked quite tidy. But then again this was YouTube!

      3. ozziegunner says:

        ๐Ÿ‘ Inaki Cana recommended Runarsson and he has to coach him. Arsenal can’t really go wrong for an outlay of ยฃ1.5 million.

    2. The Deluded One says:

      @Simon Should we have spent 20 – 30 M on a backup keeper or should we instead use the money from the sale of Martinez to perhaps buy a midfielder?

      If Arteta, Edu and our goalkeeping coach all think he is good, paying 1 M or so could be a real bargain if they are right.

    3. vz says:

      But we also ve Pepe, Mustafi, OZil, Sokratis, sometimes Lacazzete among substitute.

    4. A J says:

      Here we go, didnโ€™t take long !

      Welcome to Arsenal Alex, all the very best.

      1. Sue says:

        Should’ve known, A J!! ๐Ÿ‘

        1. A J says:

          Amazing isnโ€™t it Sue.

          Chavski lay out 70 odd million for Kepa (the most expensive keeper in the world) and today have basically replaced him !

          70 odd million – does that automatically make Kepa a better keeper than Leno ………..

          NO BLOODY WAY !

          In fact what Iโ€™ve seen of Kepa, Iโ€™d much rather have ALEX THE VIKING !!!

          1. Sue says:

            *Thunder clap* ๐Ÿ˜๐Ÿ‘
            Just when you think Kepa can’t possibly get any worse, he does… and in spectacular style!! Hilarious!!

  4. Dan kit says:

    Hopefully now we can all put the Martinez episode behind us .
    Iโ€™ve never seen this kid play so I canโ€™t give an opinion on what he is like TBH , but Im pretty sure He will be straight in as number 2 seeing that Macey also wants to leave .

  5. gotanidea says:

    Should’ve gotten a taller GK in the mold of Seaman or Martinez, since Runarsson is too similar to Leno. But at least he’s a Gooner

    1. Dan kit says:

      How tall did you want 7 foot 7 inches

      1. gotanidea says:

        At least 6 feet 3 inches

        1. Khadii says:

          Leno is 6″3..
          So what’s ur complain?

          1. gotanidea says:

            He looks smaller. He tends to punch the ball away in set pieces and when he anticipates the opposition’s crosses, instead of catching the ball

            1. JAY says:

              Gotanidea, whatever youve written about leno has nothing to do with height. Allison’s 6’2, Eder’s 6’1, Pope’s 6’2 ! They all handle crosses better. It’s about proper TIMING.

      2. ozziegunner says:

        Runar Runarsson is 1.85 m (6’1″) tall.
        Dan, gotanidea wants a goal keeper 2.44m (8’0″) high and preferably 7. 32m (32’0″)wide, so he blocks the whole goal mouth! Not to quick if he has to come out for a cross or back pass though. ๐Ÿค”๐Ÿ˜

    2. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

      I agree with you.
      Tall is not equal quality but it is an important GK attribute.

    3. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

      I wish that kid good luck.

  6. Grandad says:

    Price is not a guarantee of quality nor success,just look at Kepa,Maguire and, thus far Pepe.Let’s keep an open mind and judge Runarsson on his performances.

    1. Sue says:

      ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

    2. SueP says:

      A wise head, Grandad

  7. Declan says:

    Martinez just saved a penalty.

    1. Dan kit says:

      Oh my the pitchforks are going to out for Leno now ๐Ÿ˜‚

      1. Eddie says:

        You can’t make this shรฎt up๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      2. Sue says:

        ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

      3. Eddie says:

        The next penalty we concede, Leno has to save it or fans will riot๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

        1. Ba Elkhirsawy says:

          ๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚๐Ÿ˜‚

    2. ozziegunner says:

      Declan, when was the last time an Arsenal goal keeper saved a penalty?

  8. Lenohappy says:

    Welcome to the Arsenal.
    OT: Martinez just saved a beautiful penalty and the villa fans online are going crazy ๐Ÿ˜ญ

    1. Kstix says:

      Some people are still in a dream state that it was the best piece of business selling him. Deluded fans, the whole lot. So used to mediocrity that they would accept anything as standard unless if it’s a player not liked by popular opinion. The double standards is mind raveling.

    2. Protiq says:

      Fun thing, even ex Arsenal GK Fabinaski looked better playing from back than Leno

  9. A J says:

    I just wonder if this will be forgotten โ€œa little quickerโ€ if we manage to land both Aouar & Partey !!!

    In a nutshell, all the very best at Villa Emi, and welcome to Arsenal Alex.

    LENO IS OUR NO 1 and thank God weโ€™ve got him !

  10. 10K says:

    Good signing

  11. Friday nwankwo says:

    You welcome to the arsenal

  12. Kalule says:

    Welcome alex

  13. NottsGooner says:

    Canโ€™t say Iโ€™ve ever heard of him before but just watched his interview on Arsenal Player and he seems well grounded, well spoken and determined. He gets his pints across well and to the point, letโ€™s hope he performs in the same manner. Couldnโ€™t help but think of Ivan Drago from Rocky IV listening him! โ€œIf he dies, he diesโ€ ๐Ÿ˜‚

    1. Sue says:

      ๐Ÿคฃ๐Ÿ‘

    2. ozziegunner says:

      NottsGooner, I hope he is not so “well grounded” that he can’t leap and dive about and stays off the “pints”, as we don’t want him putting on too much weight. ๐Ÿ˜

  14. Peter S. Sumo says:

    Welcome on board and you will have to TRUST yourself before others trust you..

  15. Mobella says:

    You are and your likes are the deluded one if you believe Arsenal sold Martinez because we have to. He asked to leave, he said it himself and thanked the club for granting his wish. What do want the club to do glue him between the post at Emirate and force Villa at gun point to buy Leno. You lot are to rigid to understand. Get over it the boy is gone. If the boy is as good as you all believe why did he not show it 2 year ago when we need a goalie and buy Leno.

    1. ozziegunner says:

      Mobella, agree with you, but 2 years ago Martinez did show it, before that he showed it at Reading; however over the past 10 years no one has been watching until this season.
      Sometimes clubs don’t see a player, right under their noses.

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