Arsenal confirm Runarsson squad number

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Arsenal have confirmed that Alex Runarsson will wear the number 13 shirt after completing his move from Dijon. 

The Icelandic keeper joins as back-up to Bernd Leno and inherits the digits regularly sported by the club’s reserve glove butlers.

David Ospina, Emiliano Viviano, Wojciech Szczesny, Jens Lehmann (on his return to the club), Stuart Taylor, Alex Manninger and Vince Bartram have all had a stint in the number in the last 25 years.

Edu and Mikel Arteta signed off on Runarsson’s signing after a recommendation from keeper coach Inaki Cana who worked with the player at Danish side Nordsjaelland. They both had nice things to say about the new boy.

“We’re very pleased to welcome Alex to our squad,” said Edu. “We have been monitoring him for some time and from the analysis, he has strong attributes that we look for in a goalkeeper and as a person.”

Mikel Arteta added: “We want to create healthy competition for places and we look forward to seeing Alex bring further depth to the goalkeeping position.”

Runarsson, who only learned of Arsenal’s interest in him last week, could make his debut against Leicester in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday. We’ll be curious to see how he deals with the pressure of life at a Premier League club.

Good luck, Alex.

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C.B.

13, always think we should never use that number!

goongot

Shut up beach.Some arsenal fans are so toxic.We sabotage our own players. Mari,Soares and now runar. He might not be arsenal level but he wears famous arsenal shirt now and deserves our support.

Johnny 4 Hats

And the award for biggest overreaction to a misunderstood comment goes to…

Goongot!

LeProf

Goondidnotgot

Paul

Sun of a beach, great for a deep tan

Group Captain Mandrake

So are we to take it that reading comprehension is not really your strong suit? He was talking about the superstition associated with #13, not running (Runaring?) down a player.

Mayor McCheese

We sabotage our own numbers!!! Leave 13 alone, you toxic beaches.

joeb

what are you on about?

Hass

Remember being excited by our signing of Emiliano Viviano just so I could say his name during games and laugh like a little girl at the sound of it. Karma struck when he if memory serves me correct didn’t play a single game ?

Pau

Outfield, Hleb was quite good in 13 albeit short stint.

Redgibb

Alex Manninger was a hell of a keeper

Billy bob

I hear he didn’t cut the mustard at Dijon, but maybe a change of scenery will do him good – hope so

Patrik Ljungberg

Mustard been difficult to sign him from Dijon!?

YaGunnersYa

I hear it was eased due to the tantalising offer that was mustard up on the table.

Daveo

I heard he prefers mayo

Twatsloch

As long as he can Runar round a lot.

Mayor McCheese

He was hot for Dijon a year ago; I tried to watch him, but the images were a little grainy. It was too bad, because I like to see a spread of games before I make an evaluation. Heard we almost lost out on him to West Ham, but they’re in a bit of a pickle at the moment.

Cultured Determination

When he says we have been monitoring him for a long time does he mean our coach has monitored him?

joeb

Hes bascially talking shite.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

So we sell a great shot stopper but shitty with his feet go to get a keeper great with his feet and not known to be a great shot stopper?

ElGunnerLoco

And we bank like 18 mill in doing so… not so bad I reckon.

Spanish Gooner

Martínez was great with his feet! But the correct interpretation is that we sold an asset we were statistically unlikely to use for £20m, and replaced him with somebody we are still unlikely to use for £1m, thus allowing us £19m to invest in a place more in need of refurbishment

joeb

Shows what a small time outlook we have at times. Martinez should have been number 1 for now seeing as his performances were outstanding.
We should have enought money to buy who we need in midfield regardless.

Warmgooner

Yes, We should. Then we don’t, unfortunately.

Fuzz

good luck iceman!

Var Will Solve The Problem

Like that name! Lets see how he reacts on a cold wet night at Stokes!

Santori

Lucky 13.

Good to see he isn’t superstitious and likely believe sin hard work.

Biggles

Good luck to him. We may have ourselves a “rough diamond”, a good, young, keeper in the making, or we may – if reports of his abilities are true – a very average keeper, which could be problematic. Time will tell.

Junior

Let’s not forget Martinez was same until inaki and arteta worked on him, let’s give him a chance to be worked on too

SharpasFc

To be fair Unai’s Goalkeeping coach was also very good with Martinez and Leno.

Naija Gunner

Hope he’s got the balls for the English premier league ! Welcome to the Arsenal son. COYG

Alex

In France there are lots of debates about Neymar being homophobic, racist, Alvaro being racist too…. and how is it called when an Icelandic GK calls Arsène Wenger #frenchf***?

Rob67

Vince Bartram – now that jogs a few distant memories.

Andy

Vince Bartram. There’s a name to strike fear into the hearts of defenders.