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Arteta has sent a message this week suggesting Arsenal 26-year-old is set for the exit door - TBR View

Arsenal signed Alex Runarsson last year as Emiliano Martinez’s replacement at the Emirates.

However, the Icelander’s time with the Gunners hasn’t gone to plan thus far.

Runarsson made mistakes last season, including an error-strewn display against Manchester City.

In the end, the 26-year-old ended up becoming third-choice as Mikel Arteta recruited Mat Ryan on loan from Brighton.

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Despite Runarsson’s issues, the Arsenal boss insisted in February that the player was an important member of his squad.

“He works really hard,” The Mirror quotes Arteta as saying. “Has fit in really well around the dressing room.

“He is a really nice boy, really humble, and he needs to be away from all the comments and focus on his work, focus on improving.

“You have to be able, if you want to play here, to handle that pressure.

“Alex’s role was very clear around the squad… that hasn’t changed.

“Then, he needs to earn his opportunity and he needs to earn his place.

“He is third, second or first, depending on his performance. He needs to push for that.”

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However, Runarsson was a notable absence from the Arsenal matchday squad to face Hibernian on Tuesday.

Hale End graduate Arthur Okonkwo was in the starting XI, while Karl Hein was on the bench.

And now, football.london has claimed that Arsenal are looking at bringing in a homegrown player to fill the role of second-choice.

It looks as though Arteta has sent a clear message suggesting Runarsson is set for the exit door this summer.

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