'The greater the obstacle, the greater the glory'
Assistant manager Andy Crosby is undaunted by the baptism of fire that is a trip to the Emirates this weekend and is adamant we will be giving ourselves every chance of getting a result at Arsenal on Saturday.
"Everyone knows what a good side Arsenal are and the style they try and play. And it's a fantastic stadium, having been there once this season already," he told Reading Player.
"No-one will give us much of a hope, but the greater the obstacle the greater the glory. We'll go there and give it our best shot."
Crosby was speaking after taking his first training session with the players on Thursday, at the end of a very busy week. But the assistant boss was delighted with how quickly he and the manager have settled into their new surroundings.
"It's been very good. We have met some very knowledgeable people, people who are proud to work at this football club and have a good knowledge of it already.
"Everyone here is saying what a good football club it is, full of good people. And they have helped us out a hell of a lot - I'll try to remember all the names!
"But it was really good to get out with the players for the first time, doing what we enjoy doing - and trying to help them enjoy their football. We had a really good session.
"The manager is a good guy to work for, he's more than a good manager, he's a good bloke first and foremost, honest, hardworking and great to work with.
"And coming here we had a good inkling of what this football club and the players here were all about - so far all of those things have been proven right. So it's been a good fit.
"There's a fight to be fought, but these players deserve to be here. It's going to be a really good eight games, we'll be positive and we'll try to take it forward.
"From where we've come, we developed a certain style of play over the last few years at Southampton - which is hopefully pleasing on the eye for supporters," he continued.
"Ultimately thought, you can do all the passing you want, but it's about winning games of football. So we'll try to entertain and pass and work our way up the pitch, but in the end it will be about scoring more goals than the opposition."
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