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The goalie position can be the most difficult to handle in football because you really don’t want to rotate the position for no reason, but you also need to make sure the backrest is sharp and can step in when needed.
Usually that results in it being replayed in cup games until it gets serious, but clearly Mikel Arteta decided it was the right decision to put Bernd Leno to rest tonight and give Runarsson a game.
It’s not that the goalkeepers get too tired from playing every game, so they don’t really need to rest, while there are also no signs of injury, so it was a great decision for the boss.
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Unfortunately, it backfired after a horrible keeper from the Icelandic goalkeeper gave Man City the upper hand again, and these Arsenal fans are furious at Arteta for shutting out the German goalkeeper:
I can’t understand why we feel the need to rest Leno?
– James. (@afcjxmes) December 22, 2020
That’s why you don’t drop Leno. ???#ARSMCI
– Yousef Salaad (@ infinitygang134) December 22, 2020
Runarsson has already finished at this club. I feel sorry for the boy, but he should never be Arsenal’s substitute goalkeeper and he certainly won’t start ahead of Leno today. If he wasn’t good enough to play Liverpool in the Carabao Cup, why is he good enough to play City?
– Gwen ????????? (@Glen_AFC) December 22, 2020
He would have played Leno all day, especially in Man City. That could kill Runarsson’s confidence in the long run. People will get on it now too.
– Al Sarpong (@ albsar1970) December 22, 2020
Arteta is a joke
Start runarsson on leno
Mustafi on saliba
the team itself is a joke
– Malook (@Mikey_mAlook) December 22, 2020
Honestly, why is it necessary to rotate guardians? Just play Leno in every game if necessary
– realistic gooner (@RealisticGunner) December 22, 2020
When you’re trying to win a game or even compete … PLAY YOUR BEST FIGHT! It puzzles me how and why Leno is NOT playing … Saliba “is not ready” but plays the donkey Mustafi … I am not Arteta but I understand why the fans are angry #Arsenal
– Chris Lane (@ ChrisLane1420) December 22, 2020
Cristo Arteta does not help himself. After Leno’s heroic deeds against Liverpool, choose Runnarsson. You need to be more on if you want to maintain fan endorsement.
– Sam Rattigan (@Samrattigan) December 22, 2020
Another game, another loss, Leno was MOTM the last round and we played Runnar surely Arteta has to constantly go with bad selections and tactics
– James Backhouse (@BackoTime) December 22, 2020