'Surely suggests': Some Arsenal fans think 26-year-old is going to leave after Friday announcement
Some Arsenal fans feel Arthur Okonkwo’s new contract and first-team promotion means Alex Runarsson is bound to leave the Emirates.
On Friday, the Gunners confirmed that the 19-year-old goalkeeper had put pen to paper on a long-term deal.
Meanwhile, Runarsson hasn’t had the best time at the Emirates since joining last year.
Signed as Emiliano Martinez’s replacement, the Icelander didn’t exactly shine in his maiden campaign.
Runarsson made mistakes last season, including an error-strewn display against Manchester City.
In the end, the 26-year-old ended up becoming third-choice as Mikel Arteta signed Mat Ryan on loan from Brighton.
Leno first, Okonkwo third, but who could be second?
Leno is likely to remain as first-choice at the Emirates, while Okonkwo is likely to be third choice.
In theory, Runarsson could’ve been earmarked as second-choise.
But given how Arsenal felt compelled to sign Ryan on loan last season, some fans don’t think this’ll be the case.
They reckon Arteta will sign a goalkeeper to provide direct competition for Leno, while Runarsson will leave.
Straight into the first team squad? Replacement for Runarsson/Ryan. https://t.co/bdc31rBqlV— 1886 (@1886_blog) July 9, 2021
Big Congratulations to him 👏🏾— J (@J11_AFC) July 9, 2021
Now let’s get Runarsson out, sign a second keeper and keep it moving https://t.co/ENj5AXLRT6
We'll almost certainly sign another GK. My guess is it'll be Leno, Okonkwo, and the new signing, with Runarsson leaving on loan or permanently.— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) July 9, 2021
Gonna be so much better with Okonkwo as our backup than Rúnarsson— Finn 🏴 (@Finn_AFC) July 9, 2021
Very happy with securing Okonkwo, and helps with the HG quota. 3rd choice keeper in the quotes surely suggests Runnarsson is off (please?). https://t.co/BsZ13BKNhK— Jack Bailoor (@jack_bailoor) July 9, 2021
I wonder why we bought Runarsson when we had okonkqo all this while , Edu was just wasting money up and down buying players we ddnt need— Shiba Kulta (@Richieblvck02) July 9, 2021
I want him ahead of Rúnarsson next season please https://t.co/5NYMEHB364— 🇧🇧🇱🇨 (@IslandVybz92) July 9, 2021
Congrats to him— OrganisedMessFC (@BrutallyGooner) July 9, 2021
Get rid of Runarsson
You may also like…
- Arsenal reportedly in talks over £60m star who’s been compared to Coutinho, fans should be buzzing – TBR View
- Arsenal receive boost in Lautaro Martinez pursuit
- Arsenal fans discuss reports linking club with James Maddison move
- Report: Arsenal target who’s been compared to Ronaldo has joined another club for just £3.3m