Alex Runarsson has deleted his Twitter account after abuse from fans following his poor showing in goal against Manchester City.

Arsenal's Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (C) consoles Arsenal's Icelandic goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson (R) after the English League Cup quarter final football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium, in London on December 22, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)
Arsenal’s Spanish manager Mikel Arteta (C) consoles Arsenal’s Icelandic goalkeeper Runar Alex Runarsson (R) after the English League Cup quarter final football match between Arsenal and Manchester City at the Emirates Stadium, in London on December 22, 2020. (Photo by Adrian DENNIS / AFP)

I get it. People are angry.

Runar Alex Runarsson is not good enough to be an Arsenal goalkeeper and his mistakes cost Arsenal at the Etihad on Tuesday night.

None of that is his fault, though.

He should never have been purchased for a club like Arsenal.

Picked up from Dijon for £1.8m in the summer, the Icelandic keeper was brought to the club to replace Matt Macey, not Emi Martinez. You know, the Matt Macey who has been at Arsenal for seven years and has made two appearances for the first team.

Runarsson has already made five.

Think of it this way – would it be your fault if Arsenal bought you and you agreed to sign for them even though you knew you were not good enough?

Would it be your fault if you said ‘OK’ when the manager told you you were starting against Manchester City? Or would you be excited and give it your best shot?

Yes, Runarsson made basic errors. Of course he did. He is not a good keeper. He only kept seven cleansheets for Dijon in 45 matches and just 11 in 62 with FC Nordsjaelland.

Does that deserve the level of abuse he’s received? Absolutely not.

What the abuse has done, however, is make sure that a player who was already clearly feeling awful about his performance now feels even worse.

That seems like an excellent way to help him and Arsenal, I’m sure you’ll agree.

That’s sarcasm, btw, for those inclined to miss such things.

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