Arsenal eyeing sixth summer signing once Runar Alex Runarsson joins – and it’s surprising

Arsenal are set to make Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson their fifth signing of the transfer window. Should that happen, he’d join Pablo Mari, Cedric Soares, Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian at the club. But the Gunners are already eyeing a sixth signing – and it’s another goalkeeper.

Arsenal have lost Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa, with the 28-year-old choosing to leave the Emirates Stadium to ensure he gets regular game time.

As a result, Mikel Arteta is keen to sign a new goalkeeper – and Runarsson is set to sign on the dotted line.

The Dijon goalkeeper is primed to compete with Bernd Leno for a starting berth next term, with the Germany international established as Arteta’s No 1.

Yet Goal say Arsenal also want another goalkeeper in a surprising transfer development.

And it’s claimed that Brentford’s David Raya is also wanted in north London, with the Gunners eyeing him as a deputy to Leno – with Runarsson then potentially playing second fiddle to both.

There’s been talk that Raya may be loaned back to the Championship club but the report suggests he’d be expected to stay at the Emirates Stadium to compete for a starting role instead.

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Regardless of Arsenal’s intentions, it seems they still retain interest in strengthening their goalkeeping department now the new Premier League season is under way.

And, looking around at their Premier League rivals, it’s clear to see why.

Chelsea are expected to wrap up the signing of Edouard Mendy soon and he’ll compete with Kepa Arrizabalaga and Willy Caballero at Stamford Bridge.

Manchester United are blessed for options between the sticks, with David De Gea, Dean Henderson and Sergio Romero all currently on their books.

And Tottenham have Hugo Lloris, Joe Hart and Paulo Gazzaniga currently at Jose Mourinho’s disposal over in north London.

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Meanwhile, former Arsenal No 1 David Seaman has criticised his old side’s decision to sell Martinez – labelling it ‘puzzling’.

The 28-year-old flourished for the Gunners towards the end of last season, helping them win the FA Cup. They beat Chelsea 2-1 in the final at Wembley in August.

And Seaman said: “We’ve just sold the goalkeeper (Martinez) as well which was a little bit puzzling for me.

“He had a great end of last season and started this season really well.

“It was something that I thought Arsenal would keep hold of him because he showed what he could do.

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“The fact he went to Villa it did annoy me.

“I wanted two great goalkeepers at Arsenal because it means they bring the best out of each other, but he wants to be a number one and I think that’s what has decided it.”

Villa boss Dean Smith is delighted to have landed Martinez, saying: “It is rare to be able to buy a top-class goalkeeper who hasn’t yet reached their peak age.

“We know how highly Arsenal rated him and we watched his outstanding performances last season in a trophy-winning, top side.”

Martinez left Arsenal 10 years after joining as a youth team player in 2010.

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