Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is exploring the possibility of signing a backup goalkeeper in the January transfer window, according to Football London.
The Gunners lost Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa in the summer transfer window. The Argentine made a massive impression last season when Bernd Leno missed the business end of the campaign due to a knee injury.
Martinez helped us win the FA Cup and the Community Shield. His departure left many fans stunned, but we had to let go of one of our keepers and Arteta decided to keep hold of Leno.
Arsenal had to replace Martinez after he joined Villa and Alex Runarsson was the chosen one. The Iceland international joined us from French side Dijon for just £1 million. (Goal) Many felt that the deal was a bargain, but people have changed their mind already.
Runarsson started in goal against Manchester City in the quarter-final of the Carabao Cup earlier this month. Arsenal went in at the break on a high after levelling the scores, but an absolute howler by the Iceland international cost us the game.
Mikel Arteta backed Runarsson after the game but if the report is to be believed, he has lost faith already. Arsenal are looking for a new backup to Bernd Leno, and it is the right thing to do.
Arsenal are right to look for a new goalkeeper
We know better than any club how important it is to have a good backup goalkeeper. Martinez saved us on multiple occasions last season, and without him, the two trophies we won wouldn’t have been possible.
Runarsson’s signing was highly questionable when he came in. The 25-year-old is very good with his feet and incredibly composed even when pressed. However, his shot-stopping was never great and his mistake against City showed exactly that.
The January transfer window is a difficult one to get deals done. A creative midfielder will undoubtedly be the priority, but Arsenal, Edu and Arteta should try hard to get a good enough backup to Leno next month.