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Arsenal keeper Runarsson deactivates Twitter account after City error

Runarsson joined Arsenal in the summer transfer window as back-up to Bernd Leno following Emi Martinez’s move to Aston Villa for first-team football.

The 25-year-old Iceland international was named in Mikel Arteta’s starting lineup to face Pep Guardiola’s Man City in Tuesday night’s Carabao Cup quarter-final tie at the Emirates.

Unfortunately for Runarsson and Arsenal, the ‘keeper was in poor form, letting a Riyad Mahrez free-kick through his hands to allow City to go 2-1 up en route to a 4-1 victory.

Arteta refused to blame Runarsson following the match, and insisted that there was “no point” regretting the exit of Martinez – especially given that Martinez had asked to leave the club to become a No1 ‘keeper at Villa.

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On Wednesday, Runarsson’s Twitter account (@runaralex) no longer existed, with the ‘keeper having received abuse online following his performance.

Arteta said of Runarsson: “He has not played a lot of games for us, we all make mistakes and have to support him.

“We know that Bernd (Leno) has played a lot of minutes and he needs a rest.

“We have to give opportunities to other players and he (Runarsson) did well in other games. These things happen in football.”

Mahrez said Runarsson’s positioning for the all-important free-kick confused him:”I was surprised by the position of the goalkeeper, he was so close to the post.

“I thought he was going to move, but luckily he did not catch it.”


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