Arsenal ready to listen offers for 25-year-old stopper
Arsenal are looking to sell backup goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson just four months after landing the Iceland international and are trying to bring in a new number two, according to reports.
The 25-year-old star arrived at the Emirates in the summer as a replacement for Emiliano Martinez, who switched to Aston Villa for a big fee, though Runar has struggled to fill the Argentine’s rather impressive gloves.
While Emiliano was pivotal in winning the FA Cup and the Community Shield, Runar’s biggest contribution of note for Arsenal thus far was an error-strewn display in their Carabao Cup defeat to Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City.
Now, according to The Athletic, the Gunners are actively looking to send the shot-stopper out on loan this month if they can sign a new backup to play second fiddle to Bernd Leno.
He was not the Gunners’ first choice last summer – they had attempted to sign David Raya from Brentford but the Championship club played hardball over a sum – and Runarsson was always viewed as more of a third-choice option.
The Gunners feel he would benefit from getting more game time and experience on loan elsewhere and clubs from England’s second tier and around Europe have already expressed an interest.
He will only leave, though, if Arsenal can land a new number two and they are ideally looking to make a permanent acquisition – though Raya may again prove too costly, particularly in the January market.
If no permanent option is available, the club will also explore bringing in a more experienced and seasoned backup on loan this month, with Alex loaned out, and will then look to readdress the issue in the summer.