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“I’m just extremely happy” says Arsenal’s new goalkeeper

Arsenal have announced the signing of goalkeeper Alex Runarsson on a four-year deal from Dijon.

In July 2018, the 25-year-old international from Iceland joined the Ligue 1 team and made 13 appearances last season in all competitions.

After Emiliano Martinez left to join Aston Villa, the deal is said to be worth around £ 1 million and will see Runarsson provide cover for Bernd Leno.

“I’m just extremely happy, extremely proud, it is a big day for me and my family. I can’t wait to get started,” Runarsson said on his new club’s website.

“It is one of the biggest clubs in the world – they’ve won the Premier League (top division) 13 times, the FA Cup 14 times, it is a huge club and obviously playing in the Premier League as well, it is a win-win situation.

“I know it is going to be a lot of hard work, but I am ready to do everything I can to get the most amount of minutes as possible.”

Gunners boss Mikel Arteta added: “We want to create healthy competition for places and we look forward to seeing Alex bring further depth to the goalkeeping position.”

Runarsson said: “Our relationship, since we got to know each other four years ago, has been very good.

“We have always been in contact even though I was playing in France and he was coaching here in England.

“The fact that he is here, it is very important to me that I know somebody here and I know that he knows my qualities, and what I need to improve and what I can bring to the club.”

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