Arteta hints at transfer error as summer signing called for premature exit

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Mikel Arteta has confirmed that Arsenal could sign a new goalkeeper this month, but was coy about Runar’s future Alex Runarsson.
Arsenal signed Runarsson in the summer transfer window to provide competition for Bernd Leno. Emiliano Martinez’s departure for Aston Villa meant they needed a new keeper.

They eventually brought Runarsson in, but have also been linked with a number of other shooting stoppages. David Raya of Brentford was a target before signing a contract extension with the championship club, for example.

Arsenal may regret missing it, as Runarsson struggled to impress. For example, he made a big mistake in their Carabao Cup loss to Manchester City in December.

This suggested that Arsenal may have to look elsewhere for another backup to keep Leno on their toes as number one.

And speaking at a press conference ahead of their game against Crystal Palace on Thursday, coach Arteta admitted Arsenal are likely to act this month.

He said: “We are assessing the situation with the three positions on the goalie zone and we will find a different solution, probably in this window.

Arteta also suggested that the Gunners couldn’t do what they “really wanted” in terms of the goalie situation this summer.

Therefore, there are already doubts about Runarsson’s future at the club. There have been rumors he could be loaned out in January.

Arteta, however, has said little about this situation.

He said, “There’s nothing there yet.

“We are evaluating what will happen with the three positions.

“The discussion we had this summer within the club is a little different from what really happened because of the transfer window and the situation that developed with Emi.

“We didn’t have a lot of time to do what we really wanted to do and we decided to assess the situation in this window, what we are trying to do and we will make a decision on how we want to move forward in this window. these three. positions. “

Arteta hopes to make Arsenal man a success

Nicolas Pepe is another player who has struggled to live up to expectations since joining Arsenal.

The forward was their record signing when he arrived in 2019, but didn’t justify his hefty price tag.

Arteta, however, thinks he can help Pepe get started.

He said, “We have to help him (succeed). To do this, he needs minutes, he needs consistency in the team. When he has that, he has to show that he is able to do it.

“Let’s see how the next few months evolve.”


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Arteta is determined to support Pepe and called for the winger’s patience.

He added: “I think it’s difficult to pass judgment on some players who haven’t played for several minutes in the last two or three weeks. To throw them away and expect them to be the best player on the pitch [is hard].

“I don’t think that happens and Nico tried. He tried the whole game and had a great time. Times when he could have scored two or three goals.

“Under normal circumstances and with his ability in those positions, he puts the ball in the back of the net. He didn’t, but I think his overall contribution was good.

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