Arsenal recently signed Matt Ryan on loan and there has been rumors that Runarsson will leave the club. However, the boss has hinted that it the summer signing could stay.
“That area of the squad needs three goalkeepers and they need to compete with each other, challenge each other and everyone will get their role,” Arteta said after Saturday’s defeat to Southampton.
“After you have your role, you just have to support each other again to get the best out of each other. This is the role, come here and try to make it better.”
Speaking on the arrival of Matt Ryan, the boss highlighted the level of experience the Aussie brings.
“He is a player who knows the league really well,” said Arteta. “He has played so many games, he has international experience, he is at the right age, he has been competing regularly until December.
“We felt with the departure of Matt Macey, we needed another keeper in the team to give more protection so we looked at the market and we wanted a loan deal and we decided to go with Mat because he had the right profile for us.”
Asked if the deal might be made permanent in the summer, Arteta added: “I don’t know, he’s just arrived. It’s a loan deal and he still has a contract with Brighton and we will assess to see how he performs, see how he adapts, what we need in the future. It’s still too early to decide.”