Arsenal identify Emiliano Martinez replacement with Dijon transfer swoop plotted

Arsenal have identified Iceland goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson as a potential replacement for outgoing shot-stopper Emiliano Martinez.

Martinez, who impressed for the Gunners at the back end of last season, has reportedly completed a £20million move to Aston Villa.

The 28-year-old played a crucial part in their FA Cup triumph while filling in for the injured Bernd Leno, making several world-class saves as Mikel Arteta’s side toppled Manchester City and Chelsea on their way to lifting the trophy.

However, Leno has since regained his No.1 spot in between the sticks, meaning Martinez has decided to move on this summer in search of regular first-team football.

And according to Mike McGrath of The Telegraph, Arsenal are already lining up his replacement.

The north London club have set their sights on a move for Runarsson, who has racked up 116 appearances for Ligue 1 outfit Dijon at the age of 25.

He has also earned five caps for Iceland since receiving his first international call-up in 2017.

Reports suggest Arteta is also keen to add another midfielder to his ranks before the summer transfer window closes in October.

Atletico Madrid ace Thomas Partey has been linked with a move to Arsenal in recent months, yet it is believed the Spanish club’s £45million asking price is out of their reach.

The Gunners are also said to be eyeing up Lyon star Houssem Aouar.

“We are still active in the market, we are looking at different options,” Arteta said earlier this week.

“I would say we are active in the market for players in and out, at the moment the squad balance is not the ideal we want to achieve so there is still some work to do.

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“Some positions are overbooked, I said some others, in terms of specific qualities that we need, they are still not there.

“We have to bear in mind the complication with this transfer market and the complexity and the timing, because you can see that clubs are behaving in many different ways and it is a little bit uncertain how this will work in the next few weeks.”

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