Man City star Mahrez left surprised by Alex Runarsson’s action before howler

Manchester City midfielder Riyad Mahrez has outlined a mistake in Alex Runarsson’s positioning.

The Algerian winger scored his side’s second goal of the match at the Emirates against Arsenal on Tuesday evening as he took advantage of some questionable positioning from the opposition goalkeeper.

The Icelandic stopper failed to catch a powerful free-kick from Mahrez at his near post, inadvertently pushing the ball into the net under little pressure.

Mahrez has now admitted that he was left surprised by Runarsson even before he made the mistake that proved vital in the comfortable victory for Pep Guardiola’s side.

"It was a solid performance,” he told Sky Sports.

“We started good and then they equalise. We got lucky with the free-kick and then we got the third one and then it was more easy for us.

"We cannot always dominate every game. They can score at any time but in the second half we scored the second and the third and we made it more easy for us.”

Before adding of his goal: ”I was surprised at the position of [Alex Runarsson]. He was so close to the post and luckily didn't catch it properly and that was good for us.

"We've been struggling but it's football. It's not always easy to score four or five goals.

“Today we score four goals and it was a solid performance."

Former England stopper Rob Green said of the incident on BBC Radio 5 Live: “That's a nightmare for Alex Runarsson, I feel for him. His hands go up above his face but come down far too quickly.

“He just needed to hold them up there, because if you don't get a clean catch, then you don't want it to go in front of you.

“He just put them up, put them back down again and with that, the timing has got to be perfect and it wasn’t.”

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