Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson

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Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson
Lens - Dijon (15-08-2020) 21.jpg
Rúnarsson with Dijon in 2020
Personal information
Full name Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson[1]
Date of birth (1995-02-18) 18 February 1995 (age 26)
Place of birth Reykjavík, Iceland
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)[1]
Position(s) Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
OH Leuven
(on loan from Arsenal)
Number 13
Youth career
2012–2013 KR Reykjavik
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2013–2014 KR Reykjavik 3 (0)
2014–2018 Nordsjælland 60 (0)
2018–2020 Dijon 36 (0)
2020– Arsenal 1 (0)
2021–OH Leuven (loan) 0 (0)
National team
2011 Iceland U16 2 (0)
2012 Iceland U17 1 (0)
2012 Iceland U18 2 (0)
2012–2014 Iceland U19 9 (0)
2013–2016 Iceland U21 17 (0)
2017– Iceland 12 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 2 February 2021
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 5 September 2021

Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson (born 18 February 1995) is an Icelandic professional footballer who plays as a goalkeeper for the Iceland national team and Belgian First Division A club OH Leuven, on loan from Arsenal. In addition to Arsenal, Rúnar Alex has previously played for Dijon, FC Nordsjælland and KR Reykjavik.

Family[edit]

Rúnar Alex is the son of Rúnar Kristinsson, a former professional footballer.[2][3]

Club career[edit]

Rúnar Alex was player of the season for FC Nordsjælland in the 2017–18 Danish Superliga.[4]

In June 2018, Rúnar Alex joined Dijon on a four-year agreement.[4]

Arsenal[edit]

On 21 September 2020, Rúnar Alex signed for Premier League club Arsenal on a four-year deal. He chose the number 13 at the club.[5] Rúnar Alex made his debut for the club on the 29th October 2020, keeping a clean sheet in a 3–0 UEFA Europa League win over League of Ireland side Dundalk at the Emirates Stadium.[6] [7] After first choice goalkeeper Bernd Leno was sent off against Wolverhampton Wanderers on 2 February 2021, Rúnar Alex made his Premier League debut as a substitute for Thomas Partey in a 2–1 away defeat.[8]

OH Leuven[edit]

On 31 August 2021, Rúnar Alex joined Belgian First Division A club OH Leuven on loan until the end of the season.[9]

International career[edit]

Having previously represented his country at youth level, Rúnar Alex was called up to the Iceland senior squad for the 2017 China Cup, where the team became the silver medalist[10][11] He earned his first senior cap in a friendly against the Czech Republic on 9 November 2017.

In May 2018, he was named in Iceland's 23-man squad for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in Russia.[12]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

As of match played 2 February 2021[13]
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League National Cup League Cup Europe Other Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
KR Reykjavik 2013 Úrvalsdeild 3 0 0 0 1[a] 0 4 0
Nordsjælland 2013–14 Danish Superliga 0 0 0 0 0 0
2014–15 Danish Superliga 1 0 0 0 1 0
2015–16 Danish Superliga 3 0 0 0 3 0
2016–17 Danish Superliga 20 0 0 0 20 0
2017–18 Danish Superliga 36 0 0 0 36 0
Total 60 0 0 0 60 0
Dijon 2018–19 Ligue 1 25 0 4 0 1 0 1[b] 0 31 0
2019–20 Ligue 1 11 0 2 0 1 0 14 0
Total 36 0 6 0 2 0 1 0 45 0
Arsenal 2020–21 Premier League 1 0 0 0 1 0 4[a] 0 6 0
Career total 100 0 6 0 3 0 5 0 1 0 115 0
  1. ^ a b Appearance(s) in UEFA Europa League
  2. ^ Appearance(s) in Ligue 1 relegation play-offs

International[edit]

As of match played 5 September 2021[14]
Appearances and goals by national team and year
National team Year Apps Goals
Iceland 2017 1 0
2018 4 0
2019 0 0
2020 2 0
2021 5 0
Total 12 0

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "2018 FIFA World Cup Russia: List of players: Iceland" (PDF). FIFA. 10 June 2018. p. 13. Retrieved 10 June 2018.
  2. ^ "Rúnar Kristinsson: Stefán er góður kostur". Mbl.is. 30 November 2013. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  3. ^ "Rúnar Kristinsson". Visir.is. 7 January 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Rúnar Alex genginn í raðir Dijon". Retrieved 18 June 2018.
  5. ^ "Pictures: Alex Runarsson in Arsenal colours". www.arsenal.com. Retrieved 21 September 2020.
  6. ^ Collings, Simon (30 October 2020). "Arsenal XI v Dundalk: Team news and starting lineup". www.standard.co.uk.
  7. ^ "Holders Man City hammer Arsenal to book EFL Cup semi-final spot" – via www.bbc.co.uk.
  8. ^ "Wolves 2-1 Arsenal: David Luiz and Bernd Leno sent off as Gunners lose". 2 February 2021. Retrieved 3 February 2021.
  9. ^ "Alex Runarsson joins OH Leuven on loan". www.arsenal.com. Retrieved 2 September 2021.
  10. ^ "Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson | Félagsmaður | Mótalisti | Mótamál | Knattspyrnusamband Íslands". Ksi.is (in Icelandic). 7 January 2017. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  11. ^ "Sjö nýliðar með karlalandsliðinu til Kína". Ruv.is. Retrieved 1 July 2017.
  12. ^ "Injured Gylfi Sigurdsson in Iceland's World Cup squad". Goal.com. Retrieved 24 June 2018.
  13. ^ Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson at Soccerway
  14. ^ "Rúnar Alex Rúnarsson". EU-Football.info. 23 June 2018.

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