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22 September 2020 14:31

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Mikel Arteta's new Arsenal signing Alex Runarsson inspired by legendary duo

Alex Runarsson wants to emulate Arsenal legends David Seaman and Jens Lehmann (Picture: Getty) New Arsenal signing Alex Runarsson has revealed he wants to emulate Gunners legends David Seaman and Jens Lehmann. Iceland goalkeeper Runarsson completed his move to the Emirates on Monday, signing a four-year contract with the Premier League club. The 25-year-old had spent two years at French side Dijon and will wear the number 13 shirt at Arsenal, playing back-up to first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno. Runarsson supported Arsenal growing up and wants to emulate childhood heroes Seaman and Lehmann. England legend Seaman made more than 550 appearances for Arsenal in hid 13-year spell at the club, helping Arsene Wenger win two Premier League titles and four FA Cups.

'They are amazing – I remember watching Seaman play when I was a small kid, the same with Jens Lehmann,' Runarsson told Arsenal.com. The Iceland goalkeeper began training with Arsenal on Tuesday (Picture: Getty) 'I enjoyed watching Hugo Lloris when he came to the Premier League, playing high outside the box, I also enjoy watching Manuel Neuer because he's one of the best goalkeepers in the world. MORE: Mikel Arteta and Edu react as Arsenal complete Alex Runarsson transfer London: Goalkeeper Alex Runarsson has joined Arsenal FC on a four-year contract from French club Dijon, the club has announced. The 25-year-old Iceland international joined the Ligue 1 club in July 2018 and made 13 appearances for them in all competitions last season. He went on to join FC Nordsjaelland in Denmark, where he made 62 appearances during a three-year spell, before moving to Dijon.

Head coach Mikel Arteta said: "We want to create healthy competition for places and we look forward to seeing Alex bring further depth to the goalkeeping position." We have been monitoring him for some time and from the analysis, he has strong attributes that we look for in a goalkeeper and as a person," said Technical Director Edu. CALL it fate, if you like. Alex Runarsson, 25, was confirmed as Emiliano Martinez's replacement at Arsenal, after moving from French side Dijon for £1.5million. 10 Alex Runarsson has replaced Emiliano Martinez as Arsenal's No2 Credit: Getty Images - Getty 10 Runarsson's dad Runar Kristinsson played 104 times for Iceland Credit: Getty Images - Getty 10 When Runarsson was a kid his appendix burst and he was rushed to hospital Credit: Icon Sport - Getty "I remember so many moments in my life where my mum and dad were helping people around them, even if it was just small things," he said. 10 A trip to South Africa with his dad encouraged Runarsson to get into charity work 10 In 2018 Runarsson gave up his time and visited South Africa Members of Common Goal donate one per cent of their income to projects designed to help those in poverty and help tackle the greatest social challenges of our time. Runarsson was, in particularly, interested in offering his charity to a country close to his heart, South Africa.

He revealed: "There's never been a place that caught my mind as much as South Africa. Through Common Goal, Runarsson requested to team up with a football4good organisation based in South Africa. 10 Runarsson has teamed up with training4changeS to change the lives of impoverished kids 10 Runarsson will provide competition for Arsenal's NO1 Bernd Leno Credit: Getty Images - Getty In 2018, Runarsson flew to South Africa with his family, including girlfriend of eight years Asdis Bjork and visited two local communities, where he gained knowledge of the racial divide the people face, as well as the poverty-stricken conditions they live in. New Arsenal goalkeeper, Alex Runarsson, has disclosed that the club's goalkeeping coach, Inaki Cana, was one of the persons that convinced him to join the Gunners from French club, Dijon. The 25-year-old said that Cana was a key factor in him making a move to Arsenal, adding that both of them have always been in contact in the past four years.

DAILY POST had reported that Runarsson officially joined Arsenal from Dijon on Monday. Arsenal announced the signing of Runarsson ahead of their Premier League clash with Liverpool on September 28. Speaking on Cana, Runarsson told Arsenal's official website: "Our relationship, since we got to know each other four years ago, has been very good. Goalkeeper Alex Runarsson has been taking part in training at London Colney after completing his move to Arsenal on Monday afternoon. Mikel Arteta was in the market for a new goalkeeper after Emilino Martinez left to join Aston Villa last week with the Argentinean stopper deciding to end his long stay in north London in search of regular first team football. Runarsson emerged as a potential target with widespread reports earlier this month suggesting Arsenal had opened talks with Dijon over a deal after he had been recommended to Arteta by goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana – who worked with Runarsson during their time together at Nordsjaelland. The Gunners moved quickly to get a deal in place and the 25-year-old travelled to London late last week to undergo his medical and finalise terms after an agreement was reached between the two clubs. The formalities have been completed and Arsenal announced on Arsenal.com on Monday that Runarsson has joined the club on a four-year contract. No official transfer fee was revealed but Goal claims Arsenal have paid Dijon around £1m for the keeper. Runarsson has already been getting down to work on the training pitches at London Colney and there's a chance he could be feature against Leicester City in the League Cup on Wednesday night. The Icelandic international will wear the No.13 shirt this season and he'll give Arteta another option between the sticks – although Goal suggests that Arsenal are still in the hunt for another goalkeeper before the window closes. Runarsson only made 11 first team appearances for Dijon last season so the club could be looking for a more experienced keeper to replace Martinez and act as back-up for Bernd Leno this season. Matt Macey is also being linked with a move away from the Emirates this summer so perhaps Runarsson has been signed as a replacement for Arsenal's No.3 and Arteta will target someone like David Raya to replace Martinez.