Thu 04 February 2021 | 11:42

Arteta on Runarsson: We are here to support him

Arsenal boss supports the Icelandic goalkeeper.


are set to face

Aston Villa

on Saturday in a Premier League clash.

The Gunners cannot use

Bernd Leno

, as he was sent off during Tuesday’s 2-1 defeat against Wolves. Arsenal new signing,

Mat Ryan

is also out of action as he is struggling with a hip injury. Therefore, arsenal Icelandic goalkeeper,

Alex Runarsson

will make his first Premier League debut for the Gunners.

The 25-year-old received a lot of criticism after a poor performance against

Manchester City

in Carabao Cup. However, Arsenal boss,

Mikel Arteta

backs Runarsson, claiming such things are normal at big clubs.

“We are here to support him,”

Arteta said.

“Alex has played some games already here, he has played some good games. He had a difficult game against Manchester City. The other night he came on and I think he did well.

“Alex works really hard. He has fit in really well around the dressing room.

“He is a really nice boy, really humble, and he needs to be away from all the comments and focus on his work, focus on improving. And when he has got the chance to, perform in the best possible way.”

“This is what you face when you play for a big club,”

the Gunners boss added.

“People expect when you go out there for you to give your best and perform at the top level - and if you don’t you are going to get criticism.

“You know before you join the club that you are exposed all the time to critics and, as well, if you do really well everybody is going to be praising more than at any other club.

“You have to be able, if you want to play here, to handle that pressure.”



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