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Arsenal goalkeeper now without a club as season-long loan move ends unexpectedly

With stiff competition for the goalkeeping position at Arsenal, the returning goalkeeper will likey remain on the fringes.

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Arsenal have taken a decision that leaves a goalkeeper who was sent out on a season-long loan in no-man’s land. The Gunners who have two very good goalkeepers, already battling for Mikel Arteta’s attention have decided to bring the loan contract with Cardiff City to an unexpected halt.

Arsenal’s Icelandic goalkeeper, Runar Alex Runarsson, finds himself in a precarious situation as his season-long loan at Cardiff City comes to an unexpected halt.

The 32-year-old shot-stopper, signed by Arsenal in 2020 from French side Dijon, has struggled to make an impact during his loan stint in Wales, making just eight appearances for Cardiff City, with none in the last month.

Despite the initial promise of regular playing time at Cardiff, Runarsson has found himself overshadowed by Jak Alnwick in recent matches.

Moreover, Cardiff City is actively pursuing a transfer deal for American goalkeeper Ethan Horvath from Nottingham Forest, further complicating Runarsson’s prospects at the club.

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There is stiff competition for the goalkeeping position at Arsenal, with Aaron Ramsdale and David Raya vying for the No.1 spot, and Karl Hein providing additional support. Runarsson wasn’t up to the standard required to play for Mikel Arteta’s side.

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David Raya and Aaron Ramsdale are currently in stiff competition for the first-choice goalkeeper role at Arsenal. (Image Credit: Getty Images)

Runarsson’s stint at Arsenal has been characterized by limited opportunities and a lack of ability, having made only six appearances for the club. His last outing for the Gunners was a 15-minute appearance in a defeat to Wolves during the 2020/21 season, following Bernd Leno’s dismissal.

The Icelandic goalkeeper initially joined Cardiff City on a season-long loan in August, following encouragement from international teammate and former Cardiff midfielder Aron Gunnarsson.

However, with his loan spell ending abruptly, Runarsson faces an uncertain future as the January transfer window approaches its conclusion. Arsenal have agreed to terminate Runarsson’s contract which leaves him without a club for the second-half of the 2023/24 campaign.

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