Arsenal bring in Runarsson following Martinez departure

Arsenal sign Icelandic goalkeeper Alex Runarsson as replacement for Emiliano Martinez

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Ligue 1 side Dijon have confirmed the sale of 25-year-old Icelandic global goalkeeper Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson to Arsenal for a reported €2m fee.

Runarsson only made 11 first team appearances for Dijon last season so the club could be looking for a more experienced keeper to replace Martinez and act as back-up for Bernd Leno this season.

Arsenal needed to sign a new goalkeeper following the recent departure of Emiliano Martinez to Premier League rivals Aston Villa.

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Wawrinka, now 35, ranked as high as third in the world in 2014 when he won the Australian Open, before going on to win at Roland Garros the following year and the US Open in 2016.

He started his career with Icelandic outfit KR Reykjavik and went on to join FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark before moving to Dijon.

"We want to create healthy competition for places and we look forward to seeing Alex bring further depth to the goalkeeping position", Arsenal coach Mikel Arteta said.

Arsenal are now gearing up for their League Cup third-round clash against Leicester City at the King Power Stadium on Wednesday night.

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Edu said: "We're very pleased to welcome Alex to our squad".

"We have always been in contact even though I was playing in France and he was coaching here in England".

"The fact that he is here, it's very important to me that I know somebody here and I know that he knows my qualities, and what I need to improve and what I can bring to the club".

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