Runar Alex Runarsson ‘has Arsenal medical’ and will sign five-year contract

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Arsenal are set to replace Emiliano Martinez with Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson.

Aston Villa are on the verge of signing the Gunners’ Argentine star, 28, for a deal worth £20m.

Mikel Arteta subsequently needs to bring in support for No.1 Bernd Leno, and attention has turned to Runarsson.

The Gunners appear to be moving quickly to snap up the 25-year-old Iceland international.

The Ligue 1 ace could be an Arsenal player soon, having reportedly already undergone a medical ahead of a transfer.

According to Icelandic outlet 433 , Runarsson underwent checks yesterday and will sign a five-year contract at the Emirates Stadium.

Arsenal were reluctant to lose Martinez, who showed his class in the latter stages of last season between the sticks.

Leno’s injury at Brighton post-lockdown saw Martinez deputise regularly in goal, and he even staked a claim to keep his position this season.

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But Arteta has been unable to guarantee the shot-stopper consistent game time with Leno now back.

The German was picked to play Arsenal’s Premier League opener on Saturday as they beat Fulham 3-0 at Craven Cottage.

Martinez will complete his move to Premier League rivals Villa soon, and that should pave the way for Runarsson to join Arsenal.

Leno is set to figure in goal once again this Saturday when Arsenal host West Ham at the Emirates Stadium (8pm).

But Runarsson could potentially make his Gunners debut as soon as the middle of next week.

Arsenal are set to play away to Leicester in the Carabao Cup third round, with second round ties taking place this week.

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