Arendal have completed the signing of former Stromsgodset and Sandefjord goalkeeper Anders Gundersen.

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Gundersen was on loan at Sandefjord in the OBOS Ligaen last season and made 12 appearances in all competitions including 7 in the league. At just 22 years old, he has been brought in to the Arendal team to fight for the No.1 jersey with their 2016 player of the season Jostein Aaland.

Gundersen kept 2 clean sheets in his 7 league games last season, as he filled in for Ingvar Jónsson, who was Iceland’s third choice goalkeeper at Euro 2016. From what I saw of him in his appearances last season, Gundersen seems to be a very capable keeper at this level and made some fine saves in games against Kristiansund and Bryne.

He may not be ready to displace Jónsson at Sandefjord, but he is more than capable of being the first choice goalkeeper for an OBOS Ligaen team and Arendal offers him the perfect platform to showcase his talents.

Speaking to Arendal’s official website, Gundersen says; “This is a club on the rise, who performed very well last season. I think it is possible to build on this and the ambition in the 2017 season has to be to finish in the top half of the table.

– I think I am a good shot stopper, in fact, that is probably my greatest strength as a goalkeeper.

– I know Jostein (Aaland) was named player of the year in 2016 and he is a good goalkeeper whom I am looking forward to working with and competing against. There will be competition for places, he says.

Arendal have already completed the signings of former FK Jerv defender Dejan Corovic and Sune Kiilerich from Danish side FC Fredericia. The newly promoted side are showing a lot of ambition in the market and their fellow OBOS Ligaen sides may want to take note of this.

Arendal are not finished in the market yet either, as Sports Director Geir Fone said to the official site; “We are still open to strengthen in a few more positions, but we are also very pleased to have a competitive squad in place already. Therefore, we will not be rushed.”

Ben Wells

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