Former Derby County and Stoke City target Birkir Bjarnason finally made an impact at his new club Al Arabi as he scored a last-gasp equaliser in the 2-2 draw with Al Wakrah.

According to The Sun on Sunday (Sept 29; Page 53), Derby and Stoke were keen on Bjarnason.

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The midfielder was on a free transfer, having been released by Aston Villa in the summer. And he claimed he held talks with the Championship duo over a possible move.

But Bjarnason instead joined Qatar side Al Arabi on a free transfer last month.

RONALDO NEEDS TO STOP WHINING.

Al Arabi are coached by Icelandic manager Heimer Halgrimsson. Moreover, former Cardiff City and Iceland international Aaron Gunnarsson is on the books there.

Al Arabi enjoyed a decent start to their league campaign, winning four and drawing one of their opening five games. Bjarnason was meant to strengthen the side.

The former Aston Villa man, however, endured a pretty torrid start to life at the Qatari club. In his first two games, Al Arabi suffered back-to-back defeats.

Bjarnason did manage to make amends on Friday though. With Al Arabi staring at a third straight defeat, the Iceland international grabbed a 96th minute equaliser as he found the net from close range following a knockdown at a corner.

A belated impact, but arguably worth the wait for his side’s new supporters.

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Bjarnason only signed a three-month contract with the club. Derby and Stoke could revise their reported interest in January, and both sides could do with some fresh impetus.

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