Alex Runarsson accepts his move to Arsenal will either “make or break” his career.
Runarsson, 25, joined from Ligue 1 club Dijon to become back-up to Bernd Leno but is determined to rise to the challenge and become No1.
Iceland keeper Runarsson said: “As a professional footballer, you improve when you are put in difficult conditions and playing in this kind of pressure will either make you or break you.
“But I definitely like the challenge. It’s one of the big reasons that I joined because I knew it would help me improve as a football player.
“It doesn’t matter what position you play. I think maybe as a goalkeeper it is a little bit different, but you definitely have to have the mentality that you want to push to become number one.
“If it happens or not, if it happens in one week, one month or one year, that always has to be your mentality – because otherwise you’re in the wrong profession I think. I have to have this mentality that I can play and I have to believe it and show it.”
Runarsson was a surprise choice to succeed Emiliano Martinez at Arsenal and the keeper admits he can understand why some new signings find the step up a shock to the system.
He added: ”I think the shock will be more when the fans will be back in the stadium. There will be 2,000 fans back in the stadium tomorrow and that's fantastic.
"But I think the biggest shock will be when the stadiums are full again because then I think there will be more intensity and more speed.
"In training, I can definitely notice everything is at a higher pace. Training here is like a game and that's been a big change, something to get used to. I think, as far as games go, it's going to be even more intense with the fans coming back.”
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