'I remember watching Seaman, Lehmann as a kid'

As a Arsenal fan growing up in Iceland who dreamed of becoming a goalkeeper, it is natural that Alex Runarsson studied David Seaman and Jens Lehmann closely.

Now the 25-year-old has the chance to emulate his heroes by representing the club - and he is ready to take on the challenge.

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"They are amazing - I remember watching Seaman play when I was a small kid, the same with Jens Lehmann," Runarsson told 

"Big characters, big personalities but also great goalkeepers. It is not easy to follow those guys but someone has to do it! 

"Football would be no fun without having this type of pressure so it will be a challenge but I am up for it."

So which other players does Runarsson admire around the world?

"Growing up I always liked the modern style of goalkeepers, the ones who play in a similar style to how I do," he said. 

"I enjoyed watching Hugo Lloris when he came to the Premier League, playing high outside the box, I also enjoy watching Manuel Neuer because he’s one of the best goalkeepers in the world. 

"I am still young so I don’t go back that long but the modern style of goalkeepers who can make saves, but also contribute to the team when they are attacking."

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