Arsenal are set to announce a deal to sign Runar Alex Runarsson today and he could be in line to make his debut in the Carabao Cup tie against Leicester. The Gunners sold Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa last week with Mikel Arteta decided to name Bernd Lendo as his No 1 going forward.
But Arsenal have been working quickly on striking a deal to sign Martinez’s replacement.
Matt Macey has been named on the bench for their two opening Premier League fixtures.
However, the 26-year-old confirmed earlier this month that he will also be leaving Arsenal in the near future.
“For me it is all about playing regular football again,” he said.
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“My focus is to go and find games wherever I can. The club are keen for me to go and play and be successful, wherever that may be and whether that is on a loan or a permanent deal.
“I am desperate to get back to that [Plymouth] environment again. It was a tough season but I got a lot out of it, personally.
“Being a massive part of the team and having that responsibility on my shoulders — that is the sort of challenge I want to face every morning when I wake up.
“Not having that in the last 12 months has been incredibly frustrating and I have had to find new ways to stay motivated.”
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Runarsson has been Arsenal’s first-choice target to come in as Leno’s understudy.
And Goal report the Icelandic goalkeeper is already in London having undergone his medical in France on Thursday last week.
It is claimed that Runarsson has already been training with his new team-mates over the weekend with an announcement on his £1m transfer to be confirmed at some point today.
The report also adds that Runarsson could be in line to make his debut as early as Wednesday in the cup tie against Leicester.
Arsenal already have a good understanding of the 25-year-old with Inaki Cana, Arteta’s goalkeeper coach, having previously worked with him at FC Nordsjaelland.
And Arteta admitted last week that Cana was playing a huge role in Arsenal’s search for a deputy goalkeeper.
“It goes down to what I expect from my staff,” Arteta said.
“At the end of the day I bring in staff with very special qualities to add to what we are trying to do, and then I have to give them responsibility because I want them to be accountable for the tasks that I give to them and the clear roles that I have give to them.
“When it comes down to the goalkeeper, he [Cana] has a big say on how we are going to implement our methodology, how we are going to train them, how we are going to train them and how we are going to treat the goalkeeping position in the short term, medium and long term.”
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