The identical twin that played for Leicester as his brother also had a good career in the game, meet Arnar and Bjarki Gunnlaugsson

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Arnar Gunnlaugsson was a record signing for Martin O’Neill when he brought the Iceland international to Leicester from Bolton in 1999. A £2million fee never had the fall out as we all had hoped for, but still a great players showing glimps of massive talent at times.

He was released in 2002 after a number of injuries and also spending time twice on loan at Stoke. A quick forward that on his day showed great promise but became a bit of fringe player and never cemented a position in the team at Leicester.

Arnar Gunnlaugsson represented Iceland and was one of many full internationals at Leicester at the time. His twin-brother Bjarki also played of his country. Arnar stopped on 32 caps, Bjarki on 27, and again less famours than other twins such as Rene and Willy van de Kerkhof, Frank and Ronald de Boer, not to forget Andreas and Thomas Ravelli of Sweden, all of them like Bjarki and Arnar full internationals.

Bjarki, who played for Norwegian club Molde and also had a brief spell in England with Preston North End, played in the professional game from 1992 to 2002. He had spells in Holland, Germany, England and Norway. Arnar spent his first years abroad together with Bjarki at Feyenoord. Then they split and Arnar played in Germany, France, England and Scotland.

Both players moved back home and signed for KR Reykjavik in 2003. Spent two years together at the club with Arnar staying on for another season and Bjarki leaving in 2005.

Looking at their date of birth you might have another interesting topic as Arnar is born on 6th of March 1973, Bjarki has another date, three days earlier on the 3rd of March.

Both are still in the game and has been in charge of several clubs in Iceland. Arnar is at present head coach of Vikingur and has since 2006 coached in football at the island. Bjarki was last head coach of IA.

Time flies fast as the two brothers are 49 at present. Arnar had his life in football up front while Bjarki playe a bit lower and in a midfield position.

Arnar played 30 league games and scored 3 goals, but is still probably most remembered for his two appearances in the EFL Cup with two penalties scored on the road to Wembley and later victory vs. Tranmere in the final.

We do not know much about players at Leicester with twin brothers, but one is Arnar Gunnlaugsson.


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