Arsenal’s big summer clearout is starting to gather pace with The Telegraph reporting that goalkeeper Alex Runarsson will sign a season-long loan deal with Cardiff City.
Signed on the recommendation of keeper coach Inaki Cana, Runarsson made six appearances in his first season as he provided backup to Bernd Leno.
It was quickly decided he wasn’t really up to the job – Matt Ryan had already been drafted in on a temporary basis – and the following year he moved on loan to Belgian side OH Leuven. That was then followed by a season in Turkey with Alyanspor.
This latest move will take Runarsson, who arrived for a fee believed to be in the region of £1.5m, to the end of his Arsenal contract.
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Arsenal have offloaded five first team squad members permanently this summer – Pablo Mari, Ainsley Maitland-Niles, Granit Xhaka, Auston Trusty and Matt Turner – and Marquinhos has left on loan for the year.
More are expected to follow. Folarin Balogun has suitors across Europe, Nuno Tavares is being heavily linked with a move to Nottingham Forest, Besiktas are sniffing around both Rob Holding and Nicolas Pepe, Real Sociedad and Newcastle hold an interest in Kieran Tierney and Arthur Okonkwo, Cedric Soares and Sambi Lokonga are also up for grabs.