Former Arsenal star Alan Smith wrote on his column on The Evening Standard about Runar Alex Runarsson potentially starting tomorrow’s game against Aston Villa.
The Gunners’ goalkeeping situation is bit scary at the moment. Bernd Leno is suspended for tomorrow’s game after his red card on Tuesday, and he has played every single league game so far.
His backup, Maty Ryan, only came in a couple of weeks ago, but he is already injured. The Aussie international is not expected to be available either which means that Runarsson will be handed his first-ever Premier League start.
Smith has expressed his worries about the Icelandic shot-stopper. Runarsson’s howler against Manchester City is fresh in everyone’s memory, and the former Arsenal striker feels that Arteta will be left wincing if he is to make more mistakes, while Emi Martinez performs well at the other end tomorrow.
He wrote: “With Leno suspended, will Mat Ryan be ready or will Arsenal have to depend on Runar Alex Runarsson, the Icelandic keeper who has looked very shaky? With old boy Emi Martinez down the other end, more Runarsson mistakes would make Arteta wince.”
Runarsson is a worry but Arsenal have no choice
A lot of questions were asked of Edu and Mikel Arteta when Arsenal replaced Martinez with Runarsson. The former had helped us win the FA Cup and Community shield, while nobody had even heard of the latter.
Runarsson was given some game time in the Europa League. He had a few shaky moments there as well, but he did enough. However, his performance against Manchester City cost us that game, and Arsenal fans are terrified ahead of tomorrow’s clash at Villa Park.
Leno’s suspension and Ryan’s injury means we have no choice but to play him.
Runarsson should just forget about the game against City and play to prove a point tomorrow. If he can do that, Arteta will start to trust him again, which would be a huge plus.