Goalkeeper Alex Runarsson took an attacking free-kick when he came on for nine-man Arsenal in their 2-1 defeat at Wolves on Tuesday night.

Bernd Leno and David Luiz were both sent off as the Gunners’ backline had a night to forget.

Runarsson entered the fray against Wolves


Runarsson entered the fray against Wolves

The match began promisingly for Arsenal as Nicolas Pepe opened the scoring after 32 minutes.

However, Ruben Neves levelled in first-half stoppage time from the penalty spot after Luiz was sent off for accidentally tripping Willian Jose when he was through on goal.

Wolves turned the game around two minutes after the break when Joao Moutinho’s stunning 30-yard drive flew in off a post.

Things then went from bad to worse for the Gunners as Leno was also dismissed with 18 minutes left when he handled outside the area with Adama Traore threatening to break through.

Leno saw red in a calamitous incident


Leno saw red in a calamitous incident

Much maligned substitute goalkeeper Runarsson came on to see out the remainder of the match.

Runarsson made headlines for all the wrong reasons earlier this season during Arsenal’s 4-1 Carabao Cup defeat at home to Man City.

Two costly errors from the 25-year-old, who was signed to replace Emiliano Martinez last summer, led to widespread abuse on social media, which caused him to delete his Twitter account.

Mat Ryan was signed on loan by the Gunners in January to be their new backup stopper, though he is currently injured.

This has left fans now fearing for their upcoming match against Aston Villa with Leno banned and Ryan sidelined.

Runarsson’s free-kick delivery was surprisingly good

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Runarsson’s free-kick delivery was surprisingly good

At Wolves, Runarsson kept a clean sheet for the remainder of the game

He even took an attacking free-kick in the Wolves half at the death as Arsenal desperately attempted to salvage a point.

The Icelander was praised for his delivery, but nothing came of the chance.


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