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Postby KG3 » Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:27 am

If we don’t trust him to play in Carabao cup against Liverpool reserves then I don’t think we’ll see him play unless Leno gets injured, which is worry because maybe this guy is no good and if that’s the case and he’s thrown into the deep end we’re done
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Re: Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (13)

Postby Özim » Fri Oct 02, 2020 9:36 am

No, not too fussed about seeing him play.

Keepers don’t really need to be rested anyway, they don’t run around all match.
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Re: Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (13)

Postby Callum » Fri Oct 02, 2020 8:16 pm

KG3 wrote:If we don’t trust him to play in Carabao cup against Liverpool reserves then I don’t think we’ll see him play unless Leno gets injured, which is worry because maybe this guy is no good and if that’s the case and he’s thrown into the deep end we’re done

Arteta said himself he didn't think he had enough time with us and had a slight knock. We'll likely see him in the Europa.
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Re: Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (13)

Postby Zenith » Tue Oct 13, 2020 11:37 am

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'Signing Partey shows the world what Arsenal are about' - Gunners new boy Runarsson hails fellow summer arrival

The Iceland international has vowed to "work his a*se off" to earn his opportunities in north London after an encouraging summer for the Gunners

Despite a number of touch-and-go moments during the course of the summer, it is felt that Arsenal enjoyed a rather positive transfer window.

The arrivals of Thomas Partey, Gabriel Magalhaes and Willian have provided a boost to Mikel Arteta's squad as they aim to qualify for the Champions League for the first time since the 2016-17 campaign.

One of their lesser-known new faces, though, is goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson, who completed a move to north London from Dijon for just over £1 million ($1.3m) following Emiliano Martinez' departure for Aston Villa.

An Iceland international, Runarsson has been signed to provide competition for first-choice Bernd Leno, though he holds ambitions of one day becoming the No.1 at the Emirates Stadium.

For now though he will predominantly be watching on from the bench, meaning he will be one of few people in the world who will get to see Partey in action from inside the stadium on a week-to-week basis.

Partey's deadline-day arrival from Atletico Madrid in a deal worth £45m ($58m) has caused great excitement among Arsenal supporters, with the Ghana star seen as the ideal fit for Arteta's midfield.

And Runarsson is similarly thrilled with the acquisition of his new team-mate, believing it is a signal of intent from the Gunners following a positive start to the new campaign.

"I was so excited because it shows everybody the ambition that the club has: that we want to go back to compete for the Premier League and Champions League," he tells Goal in an exclusive interview.

"We want to take part in all the major competitions, and not just take part but win. To sign Thomas, it just shows the world what we are all about."

Runarsson comes from a family rich in footballing heritage, with his father - Runar Kristinsson - a former Iceland captain and the most capped player in the country's history with 104 international appearances to his name.

Like his father, Runarsson began his footballing life as a midfielder, but after suffering a burst appendix as a youngster he was forced to switch to saving goals rather than creating and scoring them.

"When I was 10, my appendix burst and I had an emergency operation," he explains. "I was out from football for six months and when I came back I felt a lot like I missed an important step of my development physically - both with strength and speed - compared to the other players.

"I tried to change position then to be a goalkeeper instead of a midfielder like my father. Everyone was impressed with my goalkeeping in training, and so was my father, so I just stuck with it.

"He is my biggest role model and always will be. Football was all I saw and knew, so it was my dream.

"He was in Sweden, Norway and Belgium and I only moved to Iceland at the age of 12. I got my fundamentals of football in Belgium, and then I came to Iceland at the right time to learn that Icelandic mentality.

"It was definitely an advantage for me to grow up watching my father experiencing the highs and lows of the game. Being a footballer is mostly a great privilege, but there are the challenges too which you have to deal with."

The latest challenge facing the 25-year-old is impressing Arteta and the Arsenal coaching staff, with Martinez leaving behind quite the legacy despite rarely being a regular in north London.

Martinez' performances in the absence of the injured Leno during the closing weeks of last season saw some call for the Argentine to be made the permanent No.1 heading into the 2020-21 campaign.

But after it was confirmed that Leno would be restored to the team, Martinez left for Villa in a £20m ($25m) deal as he aims to establish himself further in the Premier League.

That brought to an end an 11-year stay at Arsenal for the goalkeeper, and Runarsson is aware of the work he will need to put in to ensure he can follow a similar path to his predecessor.

"I read an interview with him a couple of days ago and he said he came in as the ninth-choice goalkeeper, but he worked his a*se off to become the first-choice at Arsenal after Leno's injury," he says. "Then, he makes a brilliant move to Aston Villa for £20m. That should inspire everyone, not just me.

"That's my plan: to work my a*se off, enjoy every minute of it and get as many games as possible."

Runarsson, who is fluent in five different languages including English, French and Dutch, is currently part of the Iceland squad that last week took a big step towards Euro 2020 qualification after being Romania in their play-off semi-final.

They will now face Hungary in the final in November, though Runarsson is unlikely to feature as he remains behind the experienced Hannes Thor Halldorsson in the pecking order.

He believes, though, that he has what it takes to eventually take the No.1 jersey, with Arsenal having set out a clear plan for him to take the next step in his career.

"I spoke to everybody: Edu, Mikel and Inaki [Cana, Arsenal's goalkeeping coach]. They didn't have to convince me too much but I wanted to hear what their plan was for me because I am at a prime age as a footballer," he says. "That was important to me that they were thinking the same way I was.

"It was amazing, the first call I got, I couldn't believe it was really happening. Now, I am starting to get used to the idea that I am playing for such an amazing club.
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Re: Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (13)

Postby Ach » Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:13 pm

Liking what he's saying. Says the right stuff. Let's see how he does
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Re: Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (13)

Postby Sims » Tue Oct 13, 2020 12:17 pm

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Re: Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (13)

Postby Zenith » Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:32 pm

Just hurt himself catching an indirect free kick.

Hope he's ok.
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Re: Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (13)

Postby Ach » Wed Oct 14, 2020 7:33 pm

Seems pretty decent in PES21
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Re: Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (13)

Postby Fran Solo » Thu Oct 15, 2020 12:10 am

Come On You Runar!
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Re: Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (13)

Postby KG3 » Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:18 am

Didn’t watch the game was he any good?
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Re: Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (13)

Postby Mustafi » Fri Oct 30, 2020 9:46 am

KG3 wrote:Didn’t watch the game was he any good?

Didn't have much to do tbh (had a decent save early from a far shot), looked very comfortable with his feet. Also helped with a counter attack or two with quick throwing of the ball. Looks like a modern GK, but difficult to judge from these kind of games.
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Re: Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (13)

Postby greengoonerie » Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:12 am

THought he did well overall.

good save early on

caught 2 corners instead of punching which I always prefer.

we will see how things pan out.
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Re: Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (13)

Postby NJ_Gunner » Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:14 am

greengoonerie wrote:THought he did well overall.

good save early on

caught 2 corners instead of punching which I always prefer.

we will see how things pan out.


Very happy with him catching corners/crosses. With our defense we need that. It’s one of Leno’s biggest issues.
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Re: Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (13)

Postby Ach » Fri Oct 30, 2020 11:17 am

He was fine with what he had to do.

One shot he saved was going wide anyway but he wasn't to know.
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Re: Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (13)

Postby KG3 » Thu Nov 26, 2020 8:18 pm

I really like his footwork comfortable on the ball with both foot and good distribution, could certainly challenge average Leno if Arteta give him a chance
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