|Date of Birth||22 April 1989|
|Place of Birth||Akureyri, Iceland|
|Position||Defensive Midfielder, Attacking Midfielder (Centre)|
Aron Einar Gunnarsson (born 22 April 1989) is an Icelandic international footballer who plays professionally for Coventry City, who play in the Championship in England. He is a versatile player but his natural role is as a central midfielder.
Gunnarsson began his career with local side Þór Akureyri in 2005, before moving to the Netherlands with AZ Alkmaar in 2006. He made one full appearance for AZ in the 2007–08 season. He moved to English side Coventry City in June 2008 at the age of 19. He is renowned for his long throw, which is a remnant from his career as a youth playing handball. Gunnarsson scored his first goal for Coventry on 14 February 2009, in an FA Cup match against Blackburn Rovers with a volley from just outside the penalty area. Before the start of the 2009–10 season, Gunnarsson changed his squad number from 12 to 17 in order to mirror the squad number of his brother who plays handball in Iceland. At the end of the 2008–09 season, Gunnarsson was named Coventry City's Player of the Season.
Internationally, Gunnarsson is already a starter in the Icelandic side. He made his international debut in Iceland's 2-0 friendly defeat against Belarus on 2 February 2008, a match which came eight days before his first team debut for AZ against NEC Nijmegen.
For me personally Gunnarsson is one of the bargains to be had on FM2010. For his ability, he is very cheap and you should be able to obtain him for a maximum price of £2m. Generally you will pay anything around £1.5-£1.9m, but you are getting him at a steal. As said before he is already an international, so you are getting a young player with proven experience. He has good all round stats but there are some in particular that stand out. His Long Throws (17) make him a player with one of the strongest throws in the game. This may be useful if your team is already a good physical side with strong and tall players that will win headers in the oppositions box. This alone could easily get you five goals extra per season. His mental stats also are impressive, notably his Bravery (16), Determination (16), Influence (17) and Work Rate (18). These stats make him a very passionate player. He could even be considered as a captain for any team, despite only being 21. In my opinion I would wait a few years before promoting him. Some of his physical and technical attributes are weak though, especially his marking (8), which for a Midfielder needs to be better. However his weaknesses do have time to improve, so if you are a manager of sides in the top division of a country, Aron Gunnarsson is certainly a good player to add to your squad.