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Arteta keen to find solution to goalkeeping situation

by Koolkola

Alex Runnarson joined the club last summer in a £1M move from Dijon, after Emi Martinez departed to join Aston Villa.

Reports now claim that rhe club is looking to send the Icelandic goalkeeper on loan to gain more experience.

His hauler against Manchester City in the EFL cup raised a lot of high brows about his capability to deputize Bernd Leno.

It appears the club also do not have confidence in his abilities to the job at the moment. There are rumours that the club is looking to bring in a goalkeeper this window, a rumour Mikel Arteta seems to confirm in his latest presser.

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


“The discussion we had in the summer within the club are a little bit different to what actually happened because of the transfer window and the situation that developed with Emi.


“We didn’t have much time to do what we really wanted to do and we decided to assess the situation in this window which is what we are trying to do and we will make a decision on how we want to move forward in those three positions.”

Brentford’s David Raya was the first option, but the Championship side were unwilling to do business then. It seems unlikely they’ll sell in January either.

He remains high on the agenda, but in the short-term an experienced loan signing might provide more reassurance, while young keepers Karl Hein or Arthur Okonkwo – who has recently joined the first team training sessions following the departure of Matt Macey – can provide third choice cover.

“There is nothing there yet,” said the manager of a loan move for Runarsson, but even if he doesn’t go, the club are expected to pursue a goalkeeping signing of some description before the end of the month.

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