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Mikel Arteta confirms his willingness to recruit a new goalkeeper


Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted the club’s plan to revive their pursuit of a substitute goalkeeper this month, with Icelandic international Alex Runarsson due to leave on loan.

It emerged on Monday that Runarsson, who was signed this summer after Emiliano Martinez left for Aston Villa, was in the process of temporarily moving away from Emirates Stadium in order to gain more experience at the top level.

Although Runarsson will act as Bernd Leno’s replacement this season, the belief is that Arsenal have always viewed the 25-year-old as a third-choice keeper, and Arteta has confirmed the plan is to find a new shooting goalscorer in the January Window.

“We are assessing the situation with the three positions on the goalkeeper area and we will find a different solution, probably in this window,” he said.

When asked if Runarsson was about to seal a move, the boss simply replied, “There’s nothing there yet. We are evaluating what will happen with the three positions.

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Runarsson has yet to impress in England | James Williamson – AMA / Getty Images

“The discussion we had this summer at the club is a little different from what really happened because of the transfer window and the situation that developed with Emi.

“We didn’t have a lot of time to do what we really wanted to do and we decided to assess the situation in this window, what we are trying to do and we will make a decision on how we want to move forward in this window. these three areas. positions. “

In terms of potential targets, The Telegraph suggests that Brentford’s David Raya, who was high on the wishlist during the summer, remains a key target for Arteta, although a deal is unlikely to be reached in January.

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Raya is at the top of the wishlist | Alex Pantling / Getty Images

So the Gunners are expected to look for a short-term option, perhaps an older goalie who could be loaned out, and the trigger on Runarsson’s exit likely won’t be pulled until that is. new firing stopper is found.

Former third pick Matt Macey left the club to join Hibernian last week, leaving Arsenal with no other senior goalkeeper apart from Leno and Runarsson.

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