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Report: Arsenal player set to join Turkish club, Mikel Arteta to promote 19-year-old as his replacement

The Express claim newly-promoted Turkish SuperLig side Altay Spor are closing in on the signing of Arsenal goalkeeper Alex Runarsson. The Iceland international has endured a tricky time at Arsenal since his move to the Gunners. The report says Arsenal already have a replacement.

Runarsson, 26, only played six times for Arsenal during 2020-21 – keeping three clean sheets and conceding seven goals. Four of those came in a Carabao Cup clash against Manchester City, with Runarsson to blame. It convinced Arsenal to bring in Mat Ryan on loan in January.

Now, even though Ryan has left Arsenal with a move to Real Sociedad expected – Runarsson is also set to go. He is in talks to join Altay Spor on a permanent basis with talks underway. The Gunners will promote 19-year-old Arthur Okonkwo as his replacement as third-choice stopper.

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Runarsson needs to leave Arsenal, amid talks with Altay Spor

It just has not worked for Runarsson at Arsenal. Brought in as back-up and as a replacement for Emi Martinez, he simply has not provided enough quality – or earnt the trust of Mikel Arteta. He needs to go for the good of his career and a move to Turkish football might be a good move.

Runarsson will continue to play regular football at a decent level – a level good enough to show Iceland he deserves to remain in contention. It is a move that suits all parties, including Okonkwo.

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