Runar Alex Runarsson Could Leave Arsenal on Loan
Performances in the Europa League failed to offer a great insight into the Icelandic keeper’s ability, however, on the rare occasions he was called into action there were early alarm bells.
Confident with the ball at his feet – albeit not translating into real quality – when faced with shots at goal, he’s come up short. In case it wasn’t known, this is quite an integral part of being a goalkeeper.
Surprisingly given the nod in the Carabao Cup quarter-final clash with Manchester City, it became painfully evident that Runarsson is nowhere near the level required. It’s early days into his Arsenal career, granted, but the mistakes made against the Citizens offered worrying signs given the calibre of error for a keeper who is already 25 years old. Cock-ups like those can be forgiven at a young age, less so now.
While the door isn’t fully closed on a career in north London, The Athletic have revealed that Arteta would be willing to let the former Dijon man leave this month on loan. As per the report, ‘a number of clubs in the Championship and across Europe’ are interested in bringing him in this window, positive signs that suitors haven’t been put off by his shaky start to life in England.
This would depend on whether Arsenal can secure another keeper this window.
Long-term target David Raya remains in the conversation, although there has been no update on his situation of late. Brentford had a price last summer that Arsenal were unwilling to meet.
The bottom line is, if Leno is injured then Arsenal are up the proverbial creek without a paddle. Runarsson will not only make more errors, but will instill worry into his back four. A reliable, comfortable keeper is needed and the January plans continue to unravel. Equally, Runarsson needs to play to build up confidence.