Arsenal’s third-choice goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson has joined Belgian membership OH Leuven on a season-long loan deal because the Icelander seeks extra common first-team alternatives. Runarsson, 26, has struggled for appearances since making the £1.5million move from Ligue 1 aspect Dijon within the 2020 summer time switch window. Six appearances, no clear sheets and 7 targets conceded hasn’t made for nice studying for Gunners followers who anticipated much more from the Iceland International when he made the move to England. This had prompted Mikel Arteta into forking out an preliminary £24million to signal Aaron Ramsdale, who’s presently enjoying second fiddle to first-choice Bernd Leno.
As a outcome, Runarsson is now third-choice and is very unlikely to function this season. Furthermore, the choice was made by Edu and his switch group to loan the goalkeeper out to the Belgian first division. It has been reported that the cope with Leuven, Leicester City’s sister membership, doesn’t embrace an possibility to purchase, which means at this present second, the out of favour shot-stopper will stay an Arsenal participant till 2024. Teenager Arthur Okonkwo is ready to substitute him as third-choice shot-stopper, with the highly-rated 19-year-old having been promoted to the first-team squad over the summer time. Speaking about Runarsson final season, Arteta stated: “He works actually onerous. He has fitted in rather well across the dressing room. He is a very nice boy, actually humble, and he wants to be away from all of the feedback and deal with his work, deal with enhancing. “People count on if you go on the market for you to give your finest and carry out on the high stage – and if you happen to don’t you’re going to get criticism. “You know that, earlier than you be part of the membership, that you’re uncovered on a regular basis to critics and, as nicely, if you happen to do rather well all people goes to be praising greater than at another membership. You have to give you the option, if you would like to play right here, to deal with that strain.”