After making his debut for Arsenal, Alex Runarsson admits he might have to get used to quiet nights in goal for the Europa League.
Alex Runarsson admits he may have to adapt to quiet nights in the Arsenal goal after making his debut in Thursday’s Europa League win over Dundalk.
The Iceland international was one of 10 changes made by Gunners boss Mikel Arteta for the 3-0 victory over the Irish champions.
Eddie Nketiah, Joe Willock, and Nicolas Pepe scored the goals either side of half-time to make it two wins from two in Group B.
Runarsson, signed from Dijon in the summer as back-up to Bernd Leno, had to wait until the visit of Dundalk to make his bow.
But he faced only one shot on target during the Dundalk. The goalkeeper knows he may have more difficult tests to come in his Arsenal future and says he will need to maintain his concentration levels for when he is called upon.
“I think that is normal playing for a club like Arsenal,” he said as per Yahoo Sports when asked if he needs to stay alert when he is not busy.
“We have the ball a lot and there are going to be a lot of games like this.”
Runarsson continued: “But you have to be alert for maybe the one or two chances and I was a little lucky it came at the beginning of the game, it gave me a good start.”
“But I think this is going to be the image of a lot of games for Arsenal.”
“I’m proud to have reached this achievement (making his debut) and I’m proud of the team that we got a very good win. All games in Europe are difficult so it is a very good result.”
Runarsson could now be set for more game-time in the Europa League with Bernd Leno currently the Gunners first-choice goalkeeper option.