Arsenal complete signing of Dijon goalkeeper Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson
The London giants have confirmed the addition of Dijon shot-stopper Alex Rúnarsson on a four-year deal from the French club. Iceland international arrives as the Spanish manager reshapes his goalkeeping department following the departure of Emiliano Martínez to Aston Villa last week.
Gunners are believed to have paid Dijon nearly £1.8m and Alex will, for now at least, be Bernd Leno’s backup. Rúnarsson could make his debut at Leicester City in the third round of the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. The addition was influenced by Iñaki Caña, the Gunners goalkeeping coach, who worked with the Icelandic goalkeeper at the Danish side Nordsjælland.
The 25-year-old goalkeeprr whose full name is Rúnar, played there between spells in his home country with KR Reykjavik and Dijon, who he joined in 2018. He played 42 Ligue 1 games and found himself in and out of the side during his two campaigns in Burgundy.
The 25-year-old goalkeeper has five senior caps for Iceland and was a member of their World Cup squad in 2018, although he did not play in Russia. His father, Rúnar Kristinsson, is the country’s most-capped player, playing 104 times between 1987 and 2004.
Mikel Arteta may yet add another shot-stopper to his ranks and Brentford have turned down multiple bids for the highly-rated David Raya. Gunners third-choice keeper, Matt Macey, recently turned 26 and wants to pursue first-team football elsewhere. Should David, who has also worked with Caña, eventually sign it is likely Rúnarsson would be third in the pecking order.