Alex Runarsson, the Arsenal washout, agrees to a transfer deadline day exit.


Alex Runarsson, the Arsenal washout, agrees to a transfer deadline day exit.

Alex Runarsson, an Arsenal goalkeeper, has joined Belgian team Oud-Heverlee Leuven on loan.

Arsenal expected Alex Runarsson, who joined from Dijon in France in September, to stay in north London for considerably longer than a year. The Gunners had agreed to a four-year contract with the goalkeeper and saw him as the ideal replacement for Bernd Leno.

Edu, the technical director, remarked after Runarsson’s arrival, “We’re really thrilled to welcome Alex to our group.”

“We’ve been watching him for a while, and based on our research, he has a lot of the qualities we look for in a goalie and as a person.”

After putting pen to paper, Runarsson said, “I’m simply incredibly thrilled, extremely proud – it’s a great day for me and my family.”

“I’m excited to get started. It’s a massive club that’s also in the Premier League, so it’s a win-win situation.

“I know it’ll be a lot of work, but I’m willing to put in as much effort as I can to gain as many minutes as possible.”

Mikel Arteta, the manager, then presented the keeper with the number 13 jersey, which has proven to be unlucky for the Iceland international.

Runarsson’s time in London has been abysmal, and his only Premier League appearance came in February, after Leno was sent out, during the final 15 minutes of Arsenal’s defeat to Wolves.

The 26-year-old had already been exposed during a disastrous performance in the Carabao Cup against Manchester City just before Christmas.

With Arsenal level at 1-1 with City, Runarsson let a poor free-kick from Riyad Mahrez to slither through his fingertips, putting the Gunners’ chances of reaching the final in jeopardy.

In his six games for Arsenal, Runarsson surrendered seven goals and was clearly out of his depth against the elite teams.

And it appears that his Gunners career has come to an end.

The out-of-favor goalkeeper has been loaned to Oud-Heverlee Leuven in Belgium, and he is unlikely to appear for Arsenal again this season.

According to reports, the deal with Leuven does not include a buyout clause, thus Runarsson will return to the Emirates Stadium at the end of his loan.

But it will very probably happen by then. “Brinkwire News in Condensed Form.”


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