Alex Runarsson says he can’t wait to get to work after completing his move from French side Dijon.
The 25-year-old joins Arsenal on a four-year contract and is expected to provide back-up to Bernd Leno under the watchful eye of keeper coach Inaki Cana Pavon, with whom he has worked previously in Denmark.
Runarsson, an Iceland international, has much to prove after a low-key spell in France, but he’s obviously excited at the jump up to a big club.
“I’m just extremely happy, extremely proud, it is a big day for me and my family, I can’t wait to get started,” he told Arsenal Digital.
It sounds as though our move for the player happened pretty quickly once it became clear that Aston Villa was serious about signing Emi Martinez. In fact, Runarsson only learnt of our interest last week.
“I first heard about it last week, when I got the phone call from my agent. I have been in some contact with Inaki because I know him from before, but I first heard about it one week ago and it has gone very quickly.
He added: “I can’t wait to get started. I know it is going to be a lot of hard work, but I am ready to do everything I can to get the most amount of minutes as possible.
“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.”
Runarsson also touched on his relationship with Inaki Cana revealing that the duo have continued to stay in touch since working together at Nordsjaelland.
“Our relationship, since we got to know each other four years ago, has been very good.
“We have always been in contact even though I was playing in France and he was coaching here in England.
“The fact that he is here, it is very important to me that I know somebody here and I know that he knows my qualities, and what I need to improve and what I can bring to the club. I think we will be a very good match, for the second time in my career.”
Runarsson may not have to wait long for his first appearance. The Gunners face Leicester City in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday.