Runarsson set to be dropped for Aston Villa match

The sending off of Bernd Leno in Arsenal’s match against Wolves has opened the door for another goalkeeper at the club to prove his worth.

Mikel Arteta brought on Alex Runarsson when he lost his first choice in that game because Mat Ryan has been struggling with his fitness.

Just as he has done in most of his appearances for the Gunners, Runarsson didn’t inspire much confidence in the game.

He made a couple of good saves, but in one familiar act, he kicked the ball straight out for a corner.

He is now set to be dropped for Arsenal’s next game against Aston Villa with Hjorvar Haflioason, who is part of the Dr. Football Podcast claiming that Mat Ryan will be handed his Arsenal debut.

The Australian joined the Gunners on loan for the rest of the season in the last transfer window.

He had been Brighton’s first choice since they were promoted to the Premier League before losing his place to Robert Sánchez this season.

He has now joined the Gunners as a more reliable deputy to Leno. He would be smart to take his chance against the Villans.

Emi Martinez took advantage of Leno’s absence in a similar manner to earn a move to Villa last summer.

Tags Alex Runarsson Mat Ryan


  1. Lol..
    Emi didn’t take his chance in a similar manner mate.. Leno was injured for a long period which gave him time to establish himself. I don’t think you can do same with a one game suspension. Cos Leno walks back in after the villa game.

    1. Unless Khadii, MA decides to punish him for his actions…. and, of course, Mat doesn’t have a nightmare – which I doubt having watched clips of him performing for Australia and Brighton.

      1. Going by the Leno Martinez debacle, i’d gladly say Arteta loves Leno as he’s one of his favorite and most trusted players.
        The wolves red was a one off brain fart, not the routine mistakes we’ve become accustomed to with Luiz and Xhaka.. Yet those two always walk back into the team

  2. Headline is misleading. Runnarson is a 3rd string keeper and Mat when fit would always start if Leno can’t. Thank goodness he can as Runnarson only got the job because of who he knew, nothing to do with ability. After always having a great tradition finding young keepers in e.g. Fabianski and Szczęsny.
    The new scouts have some work to do.
    That boy is nowhere near ready and seeing him against wolves was an embarrassment for MA and his staff. The defenders had no connection with him.

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