Mikel Arteta drops Alex Runarsson hint that could impact Arsenal’s Martin Odegaard transfer

Mikel Arteta has refused to rule out the possibility of Runar Alex Runarsson staying at Arsenal for the remainder of the season.

The Icelandic goalkeeper was brought in over the summer to replace Emi Martinez, but has done little to inspire confidence with a string of shaky performances in the Europa League and Carabao Cup.

He has been linked with a loan move away from the Emirates just four months after his arrival, following last week’s signing of Mat Ryan on loan from Brighton for the rest of the 2020/21 campaign.

But now Mikel Arteta has hinted the 25-year-old stopper could end up staying beyond this window.

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“Every squad needs three goalkeepers,” he said.

“They have to compete with each other, they have to challenge each other, and everybody will get his role.

“And after you get the role you have to just support each other again, to get the best out of all of them. This is a role. Come here and try to make us better.”

It now seems as though Runarsson is set to stay and be third choice goalkeeper for the Gunners.

Runar Alex Runarsson made two errors in Arsenal’s 4-1 Carabao Cup defeat to Manchester City (Photo by David Price/Arsenal FC via Getty Images)

It had been thought the 25-year-old’s departure could open the door for under-23 goalkeepers Karl Hein and Arthur Okonkwo to stake their claim for the third choice goalkeeping spot following the departure of Matt Macey earlier this month, but that no longer appears to be the case.

Runarsson staying could potentially impact the Gunners’ move for Norwegian midfielder Martin Odegaard.

The 22-year-old has reportedly arrived in London and is expected to complete his loan move from Real Madrid very soon.

Martin Odegaard wears No.10 for Norway (Image: Trond Tandberg/Getty Images)

However, his arrival would mean that Arsenal once again have a surplus of foreign…