Arsenal have confirmed that 27-year-old goalkeeper, Alex Runarsson has signed for Turkish Super Lig team Alanyaspor on loan.
The Iceland international was signed by the North London team in 2020 following the exit of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa and acted as Bernd Leno’s number two in his debut campaign.
Runarsson’s prospects of Premier League game time slimmed further when Ramsdale was added to the club, and he was loaned out to Belgian side OH Leuven last year.
Runarsson kept two clean sheets in 20 appearances for Leuven in all tournaments and was involved in the Gunners pre-season amid persistent rumours with an exit.
The Gunners have not been able to shift the 27-year-old permanently, but the North London giants have now announced that he will spend the next year on loan at Alanyaspor.
Runarsson undertook his medical and signed his deal with the Turkish giants earlier on Monday, and he is set to make a return to Arsenal for the 2023-24 campaign.
The former Dijon man is only under deal at the Emirates Stadium until the summer of 2024, meaning that the Gunners will likely try to offload him for good next year.
Runarsson has played a mere six games for Mikel Arteta’s side since arriving from Dijon for £1.8m in 2020, one of which came in the English top-tier as a substitute against Wolverhampton Wanderers.
The Icelandic goalkeeper has also kept two clean sheets in four Europa League outings for the gunners and has featured once for the Gunners in EFL Cup action.
Runarsson is not the only Arsenal stopper to have been loaned out in the current transfer window, with Arthur Okonkwo joining Crewe Alexandra earlier this summer.
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