Mikel Arteta and Edu react as Arsenal complete Alex Runarsson transfer

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu with new signing Alex Runarsson
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta and technical director Edu with new signing Alex Runarsson (Picture: Arsenal FC)

Arsenal have signed Iceland goalkeeper Alex Runarsson on a four-year contract from French club Dijon.

Runarsson, 25, made 13 appearances for Dijon last season and has five caps for his country.

He will wear the number 13 shirt at Arsenal and joins Brazilian duo Willian and Gabriel in joining the Gunners this summer.

Mikel Arteta said: ‘We want to create healthy competition for places and we look forward to seeing Alex bring further depth to the goalkeeping position.’

Arsenal technical director Edu added: ‘We’re very pleased to welcome Alex to our squad.

‘We have been monitoring him for some time and from the analysis, he has strong attributes that we look for in a goalkeeper and as a person.’

Following his move to north London, Runarsson said: ‘I would say I’m a modern goalkeeper.

‘It is one of my best attributes that I’m comfortable with my feet, I can play with my right and left foot, I am not afraid to play as a sweeper and I am good one against one.

‘For goalkeepers, because we play a position where if we make a mistake, most of the time it will lead to [a goal] so you need to have a strong mindset. 

‘You need to have a mindset where you demand the best so you don’t make those mistakes too often.

‘That’s why you need to work hard, you need to train hard to be able to perform in the matches.’

Bernd Leno remains Arteta’s first-choice goalkeeper at Arsenal, with his deputy from last season – Emiliano Martinez – leaving the Emirates to join Aston Villa last week.

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