Arsenal plot move for international with five caps

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Arsenal are facing a pivotal season.

It's been several years since the club have challenged at the top end of the Premier League, and that's a real issue.

Supporters have expectations of finishing in the top four and that's something that the club need to work towards in the next season or two.

After Unai Emery's disappointing reign, the club appointed Mikel Arteta as manager.

To say that the Spaniard has made a difference is a real understatement.

Arteta has transformed the culture of the first team squad as he looks to build a team full of young, hungry players who are proud to wear the shirt.

While Arsenal are very much underdogs to finish in the top four, supporters are certainly looking forward to seeing what Arteta can do this term.

The club have done some decent summer transfer business already, with Willian joining on a free transfer from Chelsea, and Gabriel Magalhaes joining from French side Lille.

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But the feeling is that there's still work to be done.

Players may need to be sold to fund such deals, but that won't stop Arsenal from cracking on.

One player who they've been linked with is Runar Alex Runarsson.

The Dijon goalkeeper endured a mixed campaign last term after making just 14 appearances for the club.

Valued at just £1.08million by Transfermarkt, the stopper would certainly provide a value option for the Gunners.

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With Emiliano Martinez set for a move to Aston Villa, they'll certainly be keen to get a backup option through the door.

GIVEMESPORT'S Phil Spencer says...

Runar Alex Runarsson might not be a household name, but that's not too much of an issue for Arsenal.

With Emiliano Martinez set to move on, they'll be looking for a player who can be a suitable backup option for Bernd Leno.

The Gunners will not be wanting to spend vast sums on a number two, and so a move for the Dijon man could make sense.

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If they can strike a seven-figure deal for the player then it's a deal that would leave them plenty of money still to spend on higher priority positions.

Supporters will be disappointed to lose Martinez, but as the club continues their restructure it is probably a deal that makes sense.

Runarsson will jump at the chance to join the Gunners, and that's exactly the sort of personality that Mikel Arteta will be looking for this summer.

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