Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta was asked about Alex Runarsson’s immediate future after Maty Ryan joined the club.
The Australian’s arrival was a shock to many as not one rumour about his signing came out in the media. However, Ryan is a much better backup to Bernd Leno than Runarsson is, and Edu deserves a ton of credit for bringing him in.
The Athletic claimed recently that Arteta was open to sending the Iceland international on loan. Ryan’s signing increased the likelihood of that, but it now looks like the Arsenal boss wants to keep him.
Arteta told Arsenal.com: “That area of the squad needs three goalkeepers and they need to compete with each other, challenge each other and everyone will get their role.”
“After you have your role, you just have to support each other again to get the best out of each other. This is the role, come here and try to make it better.”
Do Arsenal really need three goalkeepers?
Saturday’s defeat means Arsenal are now out of two competitions. It’s all about the Premier League and the Europa League now, and there really is no need for three goalkeepers.
Bernd Leno will start every game from now till the end of the season. The German is undoubtedly our best goalkeeper, and as long as he is fit, there is no reason for Arteta to make any change between the sticks.
If Leno is unavailable, Ryan is a good enough deputy and he can do a decent job in goal. The Aussie international has played over 400 games for club and country, and he has shown he can handle the pressure.
That eliminates any need for Runarsson, and Arsenal should look to send him out on loan before the window shuts.