The Iceland international’s disastrous keeping during the Carabao Cup quarter finals has pushed him into depression following series of abuse from Arsenal fans on his social media account.
Alex Runarsson had one of the worst starts for Arsenal as his goalkeeping woes led to his side eviction after suffering a 4-1 defeat to Manchester City on Tuesday night.
Manchester City found the back of Runarsson’s net quite early after a fine header from Gabriel Jesus pushed the Cityzens to the front but thanks to Lacazette’s header that did help restore Gunners’ hope of qualification.
But it became a sad moment for the North London based team when their back-up goalkeeper let yet another goal get past him after his 3min howler that handed Gabriel a lead.Embed from Getty Images
Just after the first 45 minutes when the 25-year-old made up for his first mistake with a fine one-on-one save to deny Gabriel a second goal, Runarsson was seen letting Riyad Mahrez’s free kick slip pass his hands like a bar of soap.
Next was same goalkeeper going slow off his line to enable a nice lob from Foden to extend City’s goals to three before Laporte’s goal when Runarsson failed to command his 6-yard line when a cross came in.
In reaction to these howlers from the new goalkeeper, Arsenal fans took with rage to Runarsson’s twitter page to blast him targeted insults and abuses.
The young goalkeeper couldn’t bear the pains anymore as he was forced to delete his twitter account out of depression for his mistakes.
Runarsson is yet to make a Premier League start as Gunners have been using just Bernd Leno since the departure of Emiliano Martinez who didn’t have a proper playtime to give what he has for the club.
Speaking about the loss, Arsenal manager said; “Yeah, a really painful moment again.
“We started the game conceding really early, a really soft goal and after that in this moment to get through that obviously is difficult.”
He added: “But the players reacted to be fair and we started to grow as the game was moving forward. We scored a goal, a really good goal and after that I think we were the better team for the next 25 minutes.
“But when we have the best moment in the game, we conceded another soft goal and that makes the game even harder.
“But still we kept going. We had an open situation we where we can play Laca through. We missed the pass and on that counter, they scored a goal in an offside position and obviously after that moment the game was over.”
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