Arsenal in talks to sign Dijon keeper Runar Alex Runarsson in £1.5m transfer to replace Emiliano Martinez

ARSENAL are in talks to sign Dijon goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson in a £1.5m deal to replace Emiliano Martinez.

The 25-year-old Iceland stopper is understood to have had a medical in place ahead of signing a five-year deal.

He will become their new No2 behind Bernd Leno and is expected to play in cup competitions and the Europa League.

The Gunners saw Runarsson as a cheap option, with Matt Macey set to stay as third-choice goalkeeper.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will then use the £20m from Martinez’s move to Aston Villa in other areas.

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He is desperate to land another midfielder with Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and Lyon’s Houssem Aouar top of his list.

The Gunners are still looking to get a number of fringe players off their books to fund any transfers.

Sokratis Papastathopoulos, Lucas Torreira, Shkodran Mustafi, Calum Chambers and Sead Kolasinac are all up for sale.

The North Londoners are also willing to listen to offers for Alexandre Lacazette and Matteo Guendouzi.

SunSport understands Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Rob Holding were two considered up-for-grabs.

But Arteta has had a change of heart over the pair and wants to keep them after impressing in pre-season.

Mohamed Elneny was also surplus to requirements, but put in a solid display in a 3-0 win at Fulham this weekend.

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