Tuesday, 13 October 2020

'Signing Partey shows the world what Arsenal are about' - Gunners new boy Runarsson hails fellow summer arrival


The Iceland international has vowed to "work his a*se off" to earn his opportunities in north London after an encouraging summer for the Gunners

Despite a number of touch-and-go moments during the course of the summer, it is felt that Arsenal enjoyed a rather positive transfer window.


The arrivals of Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian have provided a boost to Mikel Arteta's squad as they aim to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign.


One of their lesser-known new faces, though, is goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson, who completed a move to north London from Dijon for just over £1 million ($1.3m) following Emiliano Martinez' departure for Aston Villa.

 An Iceland international, Runarsson has been signed to provide competition for first-choice Bernd Leno, though he holds ambitions of one day becoming the No.1 at the Emirates Stadium.

 

For now though he will predominantly be watching on from the bench, meaning he will be one of few people in the world who will get to see Partey in action from inside the stadium on a week-to-week basis.


Partey's deadline-day arrival from Atletico Madrid in a deal worth £45m ($58m) has caused great excitement among Arsenal supporters, with the Ghana star seen as the ideal fit for Arteta's midfield.


And Runarsson is similarly thrilled with the acquisition of his new team-mate, believing it is a signal of intent from the Gunners following a positive start to the new campaign.


"I was so excited because it shows everybody the ambition that the club has: that we want to go back to compete for the Premier League and Champions League," he tells Goal in an exclusive interview.




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