Mikel Arteta has more or less confirmed stories that Arsenal are set to sign goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson from Dijon.
The 25 year old has been linked with a move to North London to fill the gap left by Emi Martinez signing for Aston Villa, and from what the manager said it seems like it’s going to go through in the very near future.
A fee of around £1.5m has been mentioned for the Icelander who lost his place in the Dijon team, and is keen to work again with goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana Pavon.
“Obviously with the departure of Emi, which is a big loss, we have to replace him and we’ve been looking in the market.
“I think we’ll shortly be in a position to announce our new signing.”
Pressed on whether it would hours or days, the Arsenal boss wouldn’t be drawn, but it does appear is this is one which is almost over the line.
There have also been reports of multiple bids for Brentford’s David Raya, and while he didn’t go into specifics, Arteta didn’t rule out a move for another keeper because of doubts over the future of Matt Macey who, last week, suggested it was time for him to leave.
“Well, it depends on what happens with our third goalkeeping position as well, because we’ve had some talks about that in the last few months, and things can change.”