The Icelandic keeper joins as back-up to Bernd Leno and inherits the digits regularly sported by the club’s reserve glove butlers.
David Ospina, Emiliano Viviano, Wojciech Szczesny, Jens Lehmann (on his return to the club), Stuart Taylor, Alex Manninger and Vince Bartram have all had a stint in the number in the last 25 years.
Edu and Mikel Arteta signed off on Runarsson’s signing after a recommendation from keeper coach Inaki Cana who worked with the player at Danish side Nordsjaelland. They both had nice things to say about the new boy.
“We’re very pleased to welcome Alex to our squad,” said Edu. “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.”
Mikel Arteta added: “We want to create healthy competition for places and we look forward to seeing Alex bring further depth to the goalkeeping position.”
Runarsson, who only learned of Arsenal’s interest in him last week, could make his debut against Leicester in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. We’ll be curious to see how he deals with the pressure of life at a Premier League club.
Good luck, Alex.