Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is reportedly ready to buy a new back-up goalkeeper, just months after signing Alex Runarsson.

Runarsson was brought in during the summer though has struggled when given an opportunity in the Europa League.

He also found life difficult during the League Cup loss to Manchester City with Arteta now reportedly willing to let the Iceland international go out on loan.

The Sun claim it will only happen if Arsenal can bring in a replacement keeper having sold Matt Macey to Hibernian.

Brentford goalkeeper David Raya is believed to be Arteta’s top target, with the Gunners having had a £10m rejected in the summer.

Arsenal signed Alex Runarsson in the summer though Mikel Arteta could replace the Icelandic international
Arsenal signed Alex Runarsson in the summer though Mikel Arteta could replace the Icelandic international

Raya went on to sign a new four-year contract with the Bees, with The Sun adding that Brentford will resist all bids for the 25-year-old.

Arteta has said: “We are assessing what is going to happen with the three goalkeeping positions.

“The discussions we had in the summer turned out to be different to what actually happened because of the transfer window and the situation that developed with Emi Martinez.

Brentford goalkeeper David Raya is reportedly of interest to Arsenal
Brentford goalkeeper David Raya is reportedly of interest to Arsenal

“We didn’t have much time to do what we really wanted so we decided to assess the situation again in this window.

“There is no decision yet with Alex Runarsson so we must decide how we want to move forward in these positions.”

Runarsson previously backed himself to take over Bernd Leno’s No. 1 spot at Arsenal.

The summer signing had said: “It doesn’t matter what position you play. I think maybe as a goalkeeper it is a little bit different, but you definitely have to have the mentality that you want to push to become No. 1.

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“If it happens or not, if it happens in one week, one month or one year, that always has to be your mentality – because otherwise you’re in the wrong profession I think.

“I have to have this mentality that I can play and I have to believe it and show it.”