Mikel Arteta’s new signing Alex Runarsson inspired by Arsenal legends David Seaman and Jens Lehmann

Alex Runarsson wants to emulate Arsenal legends David Seaman and Jens Lehmann (Picture: Getty)

New Arsenal signing Alex Runarsson has revealed he wants to emulate Gunners legends David Seaman and Jens Lehmann.

Iceland goalkeeper Runarsson completed his move to the Emirates on Monday, signing a four-year contract with the Premier League club.

The 25-year-old had spent two years at French side Dijon and will wear the number 13 shirt at Arsenal, playing back-up to first-choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno.

Runarsson supported Arsenal growing up and wants to emulate childhood heroes Seaman and Lehmann.

England legend Seaman made more than 550 appearances for Arsenal in hid 13-year spell at the club, helping Arsene Wenger win two Premier League titles and four FA Cups.

Former Germany international Lehmann, meanwhile, was an integral member of Arsenal’s ‘Invincibles’ which dominated the Premier League in 2003-04.

‘They are amazing – I remember watching Seaman play when I was a small kid, the same with Jens Lehmann,’ Runarsson told Arsenal.com.

The Iceland goalkeeper began training with Arsenal on Tuesday (Picture: Getty)

‘Big characters, big personalities but also great goalkeepers. It is not easy to follow those guys but someone has to do it! 

‘Football would be no fun without having this type of pressure so it will be a challenge but I am up for it.’

As for current goalkeepers he admires, Arsenal’s newest signing highlighted Tottenham’s Hugo Lloris and Bayern Munich’s Manuel Neuer.

‘Growing up I always liked the modern style of goalkeepers, the ones who play in a similar style to how I do,’ he added.

‘I enjoyed watching Hugo Lloris when he came to the Premier League, playing high outside the box, I also enjoy watching Manuel Neuer because he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world. 

‘I am still young so I don’t go back that long but the modern style of goalkeepers who can make saves, but also contribute to the team when they are attacking.’

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