We Meet Arnie Again

IT is, to say the least, poignant that the first anniversary of Argyle’s escape from Administration...

...will see the Pilgrims face one of the most high-profile victims of that sorry episode in their recent history.

Kári Árnason left Home Park the summer before last after 75 games in two seasons, having effectively being sacked for refusing to agree to defer payment of some of his wages.


Now, after a year in the Scottish Premier League with Aberdeen – and with fellow former Pilgrims Rory Fallon, Yoann Folly and Chris Clark – the Iceland international is a crucial part of the Rotherham United midfield.


Kári, 30, is remembered fondly by Argyle manager Carl Fletcher, whose rapidly improving side travel to Yorkshire to face his former team-mate on Saturday.


“I like Arnie,” he said. “I liked him as a player. He can play centre-half, midfield, or you can even throw him up front if you wanted to.


“With everything that went on, it was a shame he had to leave, but that’s the decision he took for himself, which I think was only fair, because, at that stage – where we were – everyone had to look after themselves really.


“It will be good to see him again. Hopefully, we can keep him quiet.”


The stats suggest Argyle will need to do just that.


During Arnie’s six-game absence for international duty and injury, the highly-fancied Millers lost four times.


Conversely, the nine matches in which he has played have seen them suffer only one defeat.