Currently Arsenal are in transfer talks with Dijon over a potential £1.5m deal to sign Runar Alex Runarsson as Arsenal Boss Mikel Arteta looks to maka a replacement for Aston Villa-bound Emiliano Martinez, according to The Club reporter.
It was observed that Martinez impressed for the Gunners during his second half of last season after replacing injured Bernd Leno and he played a key role in helping Arsenal win the FA Cup and Community Shield as noted by the Gunner Club management.
According to Football Analyst saying that the Argentinian now wants regular first team shirt football but with No.1 goalkeeper Leno now back to good full fitness, it look impossible for Arsenal Boss Arteta to offer Martinez such position right now, so the 28-year-old is set to end his long association with Arsenal for now.
From the Gunner Squad it was noted that Martinez was not included in the Arsenal squad for Saturday’s 3-0 win at Fulham in order for then to allow or finalise a proposed move to Aston Villa thereby leaving Arteta in the market for a new back-up goalkeeper to support Leno for the this present season.
Club statistics also shows that Brentford’s David Raya has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal in recent days, but the Bees are not willing to sell their player and it looks like Arteta has found a potential back-up option if the deal fails to pass.
Other Media report also claim that Arsenal are in talks with Dijon over the signing of Runarsson after the 25-year-old was recommended to Arteta by goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana – who worked with Runarsson during their time together as noted.
Although it must be noted that the deal would cost around £1.5m which shows that a £20m windfall will be obtained from the sale of Martinez thereby allowing plenty of cash left over for Arsenal Boss Arteta to put towards a new central midfielder.
It must be noted that Runarsson doesn’t have a huge amount of top level experience because he currently second choice at Dijon and has made just 36 appearances for the Ligue 1 outfit since moving to the club two years ago.
Club record shows that he has capped 5 times for Iceland and was also named in their 2018 World Cup squad but some Arsenal fans are more disturbed by the little concerned if Runarsson is the man Arteta goes for to replace Martinez.
One thing is not sure is that If Leno was to pick up another injury this campaign, it would be a huge risk to ask the inexperienced Runarsson to stand for him as first choice at a big club like Arsenal, especially in a more pressing league like the English Premier League.
Observers will have to wait and see the possible outcome or what is likely to come up but it was also confirmed that Matt Macey was also linked with a move away from Arsenal but football scout are saying that it wouldn’t be a surprise if Arteta was actually eyeing Runarsson as his third-choice goalkeeper if the need be.
It is sure that the stopper mightend up moving to the Emirates, he might become Arsenal’s sixth major signing of the summer following the arrivals of players like Gabriel, Willian and Dani Ceballos while Cedric Soares and Pablo Mari have made their loan moves permanent in their various club.