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How much will Arsenal sell forgotten man for?

Arsenal’s Icelandic goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson during the English League Cup quarter final football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium, in London on December 22, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

Runar Alex Runarsson, 28, has spent the last two seasons on loan at Belgium’s OH Leuven and Alanyaspor, with his Arsenal contract set to expire in 12 months.

Arsenal are open to offers for the goalkeeper as they seek to capitalise on any potential interest in the player.

Runarsson’s disappointing time at Arsenal

The Iceland international made a name for himself at French side Dijon before joining Arsenal in 2020 as a replacement for Emiliano Martinez, who moved to Aston Villa.

The Gunners paid €2m for him.

However, Runarsson’s time at Arsenal was less than impressive, with only six appearances in the 2020-21 season, conceding seven goals and recording just three clean sheets.

Loan spells in Belgium and Turkey

Runarsson has been a regular starter for Alanyaspor in the Turkish Super Lig this season, though his record has been far from exceptional.

In 23 games, he has let in 41 goals while maintaining just four clean sheets. Despite these statistics, he has managed to secure the position of Iceland’s top goalkeeper and recently featured in their 3-0 Euro 2024 qualifying loss against Bosnia.

With Arsenal bolstering their goalkeeping options by signing Matt Turner from New England Revolution in 2022, Runarsson’s has no future at Arsenal. Turner has been the go-to choice for Arsenal in the Europa League and FA Cup matches, while Aaron Ramsdale has been the preferred choice in Premier League games.

Arsenal’s options for Runarsson’s exit

He is currently valued at around €1.3m although it is unlikely Arsenal will receive any money for him.

A free transfer, with just 12 months left on his contract, seems the most likely option to facilitate the departure of a player who should most likely never have been signed in the first place.


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