Arsenal Runar goalkeeper Alex Runarsson has deleted his Twitter account after being abused by fans following two mistakes in his side’s loss in the Carabao Cup quarter-final to Manchester City.
His selection on the first-choice Bernd Leno cap raised eyebrows ahead of the game and he would go on to endure a nightmarish performance. Runarsson was partly responsible for City’s first goal in two minutes, when he failed to claim a cross from Oleksandr Zinchenko, who was later directed into the empty net by Gabriel Jesus.
Alexandre Lacazette then nodded to Gabriel Martinelli’s cross to bring the score to 1-1, only for Runarsson to make a second, worse, mistake to put the visitors back in the lead after the break.
The Icelandic international let Riyad Mahrez’s free kick go through his hands in the 54th minute, with Pep Guardiola’s side adding two more unanswered goals before the final whistle.
The errors led some fans to post abuse via Twitter, with Runarsson disabling the account (@runaralex) Therefore.
Mikel Arteta has also been criticized for his decision to rotate his squad for the important game, especially as the 25-year-old has made a less than brilliant start to his Gunners career. Runarsson has not looked convincing in the Europa League this season, conceding twice against Irish minnows Dundalk and also easily beaten in Arsenal’s encounter with Rapid Vienna.
To compound the Gunners’ misery, prodigy Gabriel Martinelli only lasted 49 minutes before needing to be replaced when he returned after a long injury. Martinelli received a hard blow to the foot during a challenge with city goalkeeper Zack Steffen just before the break and only played a few and a half seconds before being sent off.
Thankfully, Arteta played down fears of another long-term absence, explaining that it was just an impact injury after the game.