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18-Sep-2020, 12:36 am

Arsenal set to sign £1.6m goalkeeper Runarsson from Dijon following Martinez exit

Runar Alex Runarsson Iceland 2020

Arsenal are close to completing another summer signing with Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson undergoing a medical ahead of a £1.6 million move.

He initially came through the ranks at hometown club KR Reykjavik, and was a regular for his country at under-19 and under-21 level.

Runarsson hasn't yet arrived in England, with the medical taking place in France.

He is unlikely to be signed in time to make Mikel Arteta's squad for the game with West Ham on Saturday evening.

Arsenal have moved for Runarsson in the wake of Emiliano Martinez' £20 million ($25m) exit to Aston Villa.

However, it isn't yet clear whether Runarsson has been signed as a direct replacement for Martinez or as backup to Bernd Leno.

Arsenal also hold an interest in Brentford keeper David Raya to fill that role, and the Telegraph reports the Gunners have made a bid for him as well.

Arteta is well aware of the potential importance of having a capable deputy in goal following Martinez’ superb performances last season.

He starred following an injury to Bernd Leno, making key saves on the way to an FA Cup triumph and a win over Liverpool to start the new season.

With Leno returning as No. 1 for the 2020-21 season, Martinez eventually opted to leave to further his ambition of becoming the first-choice goalkeeper for Argentina.

After representing his country at under-17 and under-20 level, the 28-year-old Martinez is yet to win a senior cap but will be confident of impressing in the Premier League for Villa.

"Thank you Arsenal,” Martinez said on Instagram. “For me, I could not be happier to leave through the front door with the Arsenal fanbase supporting me and the club supporting me.

"I had 11 years at the club, and even if it was a hard road for me, and I suffered through my time at Arsenal, today I am happy and I tried to show young goalies how work pays off.

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