We obliged our third signing of the summer yesterday with the captivate of Runar Alex Runarsson- now to be known as Alex Runarsson- from Dijon.

The signing of the PS1. 5 Icelandic international came just minutes before the three men he’s replacing- Emi Martinez- saved fines and penalties on his debut for Aston Villa. I feel the’ Look at what Emi did !’ thing is going run throughout this season, but how much attention you pay to that will be an individual thing. He wanted to go, we wanted PS2 0m, sometimes that’s as much as there is to it.

Anyway, the newcomer of Runarsson is interesting. First off, it absolutely and thoroughly plasters Bernd Leno’s position as the figure 1 keeper at the golf-club. I know some people thought he was bad against West Ham, but I don’t really share that view. I desired Emi as much as the next guy, but let’s not profes Leno hasn’t been consistently good for us. They are different in some ways though- Emi catches where Bernd sometimes punches- and perhaps it is necessary to get used to the German again.

I wrote last week about the role of the number 2 goalkeeper, and Runarsson will undoubtedly be that. He could make his debut in the Carabao Cup on Wednesday when we face Leicester, and forbid any kind of injury his remit will be cup football, maybe the group stages of the Europa League, and that’s it. In the Premier League, and when activities in knockout competitors become too important to take risks with, Leno will play.

His arrival at Arsenal is in a very significant way down to our goalkeeping coach Inaki Cana Pavon who worked with him some years ago at Danish club FC Nordsjaelland. Speaking to the official site yesterday, Runarsson said 😛 TAGEND

Our relationship, since we got to know each other four years ago, has been very good. We have always been in contact even if they are I was playing in France and he was coaching here in England.

The fact that he is here, it is imperative to me that I know individual here and I know that he knows my calibers, and what I need to improve and what I can bring to the club. I think we will be a very good match, for the second time in my busines!

This is interesting to me, because he’s coming to us after a poverty-stricken charm in France, where he lost his place at Dijon and his achievements were underwhelming. Now, it’s not uncommon for a player to have poor time at one club- for all kinds of reasons- and then find their use again at a new one. The coaching might be better, the environmental issues might suit them more, or it can precisely happen that they have a bad spell in their busines. However, it’s something of a gamble on the part of the goalkeeping coach to propose so strongly, which is what appears to have happened, for a signing.

On the one handwriting, it expresses a willingness to take responsibility, but if it goes wrong, you have to expect some fallout for that. Arteta has been very open about his willingness to residence trust in the expertise of his personnel, and that’s admirable in some ways, but if that is undermined by what turns out to be a bad decision it’s bound to have some jolt- even if it might not be the end of all countries of the world. Cana has also been one of the main reasons why we have been advertise so hard for Brentford’s David Raya, a following we still haven’t shelved either, so there’s another coating to all this.

As to what kind of a goalkeeper Runarsson is, he presents this assessment of himself 😛 TAGEND

I would say I’m a modern goalkeeper. It is one of my best attributes that I’m comfortable with my paw, I can play with my right and left foot, I am not afraid to play as a sweeper and I am good one against one.

What’s clear is that Mikel Arteta craves a goalkeeper who can play with the ball at his hoofs. Leno can do it( he finished with a 90%+ pass completion against West Ham, follows on a 100% pass completion competition on the open day against Fulham ); Martinez could do it; and Runarsson points to this as one his best properties. Raya, by the way, is extremely comfy with the missile at his paws, hence our interest there.

Widening that out, by the way, Leno’s overstepping last season examined him constitute 606 accurate legislates with a success rate of 88.3%( 147 long extends with a success rate of 57.1% ); Emi impelled 193 elapses with a success rate of 83.9%( 54 long pass with a success rate of 53.7%) ** Premier League merely, info via WyScout. So, in that context there’s nothing much between them. And to are comparable to the brand-new husband, at Dijon, Runarsson’s total pass success rates was 86.1% with a long pass success rate at 62.3%

When you think back to the difficulties Petr Cech had when asked to do the same kind of thing under Unai Emery, you can see how the profile of the modern keeper has derived and will continue to do so. I should point out that some of Cech’s difficulties came because of how unspeakable the implementation of the style was under Emery. Players need to be confident in the specific characteristics, the triangles, the positioning of their teammates to do it properly, and the onetime coach’s attempts to get Arsenal to play that lane were, frankly, horrific. So much so, he mostly gave up after a few cases activities, and I still think that’s why there’s a measure of nervousness among some fans when we knock it around at the back.

Obviously Covid-1 9 has been no good on different levels, but perhaps the fact Arteta has been able to drill his team on the training ground, and they’ve been able to grow cozy with his mode without any kind of nervousness seeping through from the crowds has been a small benefit. Anyway, the brand-new son is here, we’ve deplete time over 10% of what we brought in for Emi Martinez, and if that fund goes towards bringing in the midfielder we all really demand the association to sign, then I suspect that’s a deal most people would have sanctioned.

If you haven’t had a chance to listen already, we chitchat about the goalkeeping situation a bit on the Arsecast Extra this week, as well as issues like Alexandre Lacazette’s contract, Lucas Torreira’s Atletico Madrid links with regard to Thomas Partey, and fortunes more.

Listen/ agree below, more from me here tomorrow.


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