Arsenal linked with shock Tom Heaton transfer swoop with Aston Villa keeper eyed as replacement for Runarsson

ARSENAL will look towards Tom Heaton to become their new No2 between the sticks, according to reports.

Boss Mikel Arteta has lost faith in summer signing Alex Runarsson after a string of dodgy performances.

Arsenal could look to bring Tom Heaton in as their No2

The final straw came in the Carabao Cup defeat to Man City last month when he let Riyad Mahrez’s free-kick slip through his fingers.

And according to the Daily Mail, Aston Villa outcast Heaton could join the Gunners as a short-term solution.

Arteta allowed Emiliano Martinez to join the Midlands side in the summer while Matt Macey has recently joined Hibernian.

It leaves him short in the goalkeeping department and Heaton, 34, would provide adequate cover to Bernd Leno.

Heaton joined Dean Smith’s side in August 2019 but lost his place in the side a year ago after suffering a serious knee injury.

He has yet to play this season with Martinez proving hugely impressive, although he is occupying the subs bench.

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Arteta was recently quizzed on the goalkeeping issue in his squad and admitted the club are looking to do business this month.

The Spaniard said: “We are assessing the situation with the three positions on the goalkeeping area and we will find a different solution, probably in this window.”

Arteta had previously looked at Brentford’s David Raya but he signed a new contract with the Championship side in October.

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By: Richard Forrester
Title: Arsenal linked with shock Tom Heaton transfer swoop with Aston Villa keeper eyed as replacement for Runarsson
Sourced From: www.thesun.co.uk/sport/football/13730431/arsenal-tom-heaton-transfer-aston-villa/
Published Date: Wed, 13 Jan 2021 13:41:43 +0000

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