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Arsenal Sign Goalkeeper Alex Runarsson On Four-Year Deal

Arsenal have added goalkeeper Alex Runarsson to the squad after he agreed on a four-year contract from Ligue 1 club Dijon.

Runarsson will wear the number 13 shirt and will substitute first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno who replaced Emiliano Martinez who left Arsenal for Aston Villa in a deal worth £17m.

The 25-year-old Iceland international joined the Ligue 1 club in July 2018 and made 13 appearances in all competitions last season.

“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’s website.

“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world – they’ve won the Premier League (top division) 13 times, the FA Cup 14 times, it is a huge club and obviously playing in the Premier League as well, it is a win-win situation.

“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.”

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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.”

Arsenal reportedly wanted to sign Brentford goalkeeper David Raya but the Championship club are refusing to sell any members of their squad other than Ollie Watkins, who joined Villa, and Said Benrahma.

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