I had the same problem. Version 3.1.0 works, but is a 'beta' release. Install it withpecl install imagick-3.1.0
The ArchLinux Wiki has the best documentation available and with the problems you describe here, if it does not suffice, ArchLinux is likely not for you.Everyone can install ArchLinux and most can use it, but it does require more from the user than Ubuntu and such.https://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/The_Arch_Wayhttps://wiki.archlinux.org/index.php/Beginners%27_Guide
This issue may be related to Syslinux 6.02, which has been identified and fix in the latest ISO. See https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=173665 and https://bbs.archlinux.org/viewtopic.php?id=172588 for further information.