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Report: Alex Runarsson set for Arsenal loan exit

Arsenal are set to receive a boost on the final day of the window with The Telegraph reporting on their live blog (31/8; 13:20) that Alex Runarsson is set to join OH Leuven on loan.

Runarsson has endured a tough time since moving to the Emirates last summer. He was immediately under pressure with the Gunners selling Emi Martinez shortly before his arrival.

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And unfortunately, he struggled to cope with that pressure. He made some costly mistakes and has not started a game since December.

It had appeared that the Gunners were set to be stuck with the 26-year-old beyond this window.


Football London reported that Runarsson was resigned to staying after seeing a loan fall through earlier in the window.

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But it now appears that he is indeed set to be on the move.

According to The Telegraph, Leuven are set to land the Iceland international on loan.

Big boost for Arsenal as Runarsson looks set for Belgium loan

It did seem that a loan move would be best for the Gunners with the writing on the wall for the goalkeeper at the Emirates.

He needs the opportunity to prove himself. And that is highly unlikely to come in North London.

This may boost Arsenal’s hopes of receiving any sort of notable fee for the stopper further down the line.

Admittedly, Leuven have not made the best start to the campaign. They sit second bottom in Belgium and have conceded 13 goals in their opening six games.

It certainly seems that he is going to be kept busy while away.

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