A number of Arsenal fans have praised Gunners academy defender Taylor Foran for his impressive performance on his Under-23s debut in incredibly bizarre circumstances.
Arsenal’s U23s headed to Manchester City for a Premier League 2 fixture on Saturday afternoon, but could only name three substitutes, with no goalkeeper amongst them.
The Gunners took the lead on six minutes through debutant Nikolaj Moller, but then, disaster struck.
Goalkeeper Karl Hein was sent off for rushing out of the box and bringing down Lukas Nmecha, leaving the referee with no choice but to send him off.
With the game not even 10 minutes old, Steve Bould had to bring on an outfielder from the subs’ bench to man the Gunners goal.
Foran went on and, despite not being a goalkeeper, put in an admirable performance, making numerous smart saves.
Man City were always likely to win and by a heavy margin, but in the end, a 4-1 defeat doesn’t tell the full story – it could’ve easily been 8 or 9, but Foran really did well in the circumstances.
Players changing position is not at all uncommon at academy level, and some fans reckon the 17-year-old centre-back could potentially be converted into a goalkeeper, so good was his display.
Here is what some Arsenal fans said about Foran:
Start of a legend, expecting him to overtake seamans legacy
— xen (@NobunagaSZN) October 24, 2020
Might be a new position for him?
— Red & White Army (@jcdavis1313) October 24, 2020
Should we convert him to a ball playing GK
— Top Bin (@topbin_football) October 24, 2020
— InsideAFC📣 (@InsideAFC1) October 24, 2020
Might be the next Martinez lol
— ChamPain_Papi 🇸🇮🦆 (@KroenkeBurner) October 24, 2020
massive praise mate. you’re gonna have thousands of followers by next week haha ❤️ 🔴⚪️
— yusuf (@yusufh010) October 24, 2020
Smashed it! Who knows maybe you’ll decide keeping is for you 😂😂
— Goonerdoc (@the_rizbiz) October 24, 2020