Mike McGrath of The Daily Telegraph reports that Arsenal have agreed a deal for Runar Alex Runarsson to move on loan to Cardiff City for the 2023/24 campaign.
Runarsson is widely believed to be in the final year of his contract with the Gunners, so unless he signs an extension before leaving, the goalkeeper would become a free agent at the end of the loan.
Cardiff play their football in the Championship, so this could be Runarsson’s first opportunity to play regular football in England.
The 28-year-old made one Premier League appearance for Arsenal, coming off the bench for the final 15 minutes against Wolves in 2021 after the Gunners were reduced to nine men.
But the rest of Runarsson’s Arsenal spell has been spent either on the bench or out on loan.
The goalkeeper spent the 2021/22 season on loan with OH Leuven, making 21 appearances in all competitions. He then joined Alanyaspor for the 2022/23 campaign.
Runarsson caught the eye with a couple of assists in Turkey, and he kept six clean sheets in 32 appearances overall.
More recently, the goalkeeper was in the stands for Arsenal’s game against Nottingham Forest, having missed out on the squad. He watched the match with his family in box seats.
With the arrival of David Raya, it’s not going to get any easier for Runarsson to make first-team appearances at Arsenal, so a transfer to Cardiff makes sense.