It’s been confirmed that Alex Runarsson has joined Belgian side OH Leuven for the season.
The Iceland international signed for the Gunners 11 months ago from Dijon in the aftermath of Emi Martinez’s departure for Aston Villa and made six appearances as a backup to Bernd Leno.
🔥 Transfernieuws 🔥
Doelman Alex Rúnarsson sluit zich aan bij de club!
Welkom, Alex! 👊
— Oud-Heverlee Leuven (@OHLeuven) August 31, 2021
Not exactly the safest pair of hands, the 26-year-old fell down the keeper pecking order in January when Mikel Arteta brought in the more experienced Mat Ryan from Brighton on loan.
While the Aussie departed at the end of the season, the window of opportunity remained closed for Runarsson with the Gunners spending big on Aaron Ramsdale.
A move might have happened earlier in the summer but a deal with Turkish side Altay Spor collapsed late in the day and he then went down with Covid. Now that he’s better, we’re pleased he’s sorted himself a new club.
“I haven’t been between the posts very often lately, so I was mainly looking for a club where I can count on some more playing opportunities,” Runarsson told the OH Leuven website.
“As a child I lived in Belgium for seven years. I know what to expect from the country, the football and the people. It’s just a matter of waiting to meet the players and the technical staff, because I’m currently in Iceland to play three matches with the national team.”
Best of luck in Belgium, Alex.