Mikel Arteta details Arsenal transfer plan after admitting flawed summer recruit


Mikel Arteta admitted Arsenal’s summer search for a new goalkeeper did not go as planned as the future of backup goalscorer Alex Runarsson was cast in doubt.
The Gunners have decided to sign the former Dijon keeper after allowing FA Cup hero Emiliano Martinez to leave for Aston Villa.

Arteta had been keen to keep Martinez but was unable to offer Argentina’s regular action with Bernd Leno his No.1.

But now it looks like Runarsson wasn’t the perfect fit to replace Martinez as Arteta revealed the club are ready to leave the Icelandic international on loan this month.

When asked if the Gunners had responded to offers for Runarsson, Arteta replied, “There’s nothing left.”

Mikel Arteta admitted search for Arsenal keeper did not go as planned this summer

“We are evaluating what will happen with the three positions, the discussions we had this summer with Edu and the club were a little different from what really happened due to the transfer window and the situation that happened developed with Emi at the end. of the day.

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

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According to a report by Athletic , Runarsson has always been considered Arsenal’s No.3, although he has provided the main support for Leno so far this season.

A few question marks have been raised about the 25-year-old’s abilities after his performance against Man City in the 4-1 League Cup loss last month.

Championship and overseas clubs are interested in loaning Runarsson, which would give him much needed first-team experience.

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Alternate goalkeeper Alex Runarsson could go on loan this month
Alternate goalkeeper Alex Runarsson could go on loan this month

It depends on Arsenal to get another keeper before the January window closes.

Brentford’s David Raya was on their shortlist this summer, on the commendation of goaltending coach Inaki Cana Pavon, although it is not clear whether Arsenal are still enthusiastic.

Another option could be to recruit a more experienced professional on loan until the end of the season, which would give Arteta and Edu more time to seek longer-term goals.


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