North London giants Arsenal have announced the signing of Icelandic international goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson.

The Gunners made the announcement on Monday evening and the shot stopper is expected to be the backup to first choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Runar Alex Runarsson has signed for Arsenal from French team Dijon in a £1.6m deal as confirmed by the Guardian.

The 25-year-old has been signed as a backup to Emiliano Martinez who left the Gunners for Aston Villa last weekend.

Aston Villa agreed a £20m, including add-ons, with Arsenal to take the Argentine international.

Martinez was the longest serving player at Arsenal before he left the club for the former European champions.

He made his debut for Aston Villa during the Premier League game at home to Sheffield United on Monday night.

Emiliano Martinez made his mark as he saved a first-half penalty from John Lundstram who missed the chance to give 10-man Sheffield United the lead.

The Blades had centre back John Egan sent off in the first 15 minutes of the game.

The penalty save from Emiliano Martinez was crucial as Aston Villa eventually won 1-0 courtesy the 63rd minute header from Ezri Konsa.

His replacement at Arsenal, Runar Alex Runarsson could make his debut for the Gunners in the Capital One Cup 3rd round clash at Leicester City on Wednesday night.


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