Alfie relishing Gunners trip
The Royals have never taken a point from Arsenal, losing all eleven previous meetings with the Gunners. But that sort of statistic only serves to inspire striker Adam Le Fondre, who is relishing a trip to the Emirates.
"Records are meant to be broken," he defiantly stated. "And obviously we need to start picking up some points. It's a vital part of the season, we need to get points and do it fast.
"Obviously this week has been a bit hectic - we only met the new manager on Tuesday after training when he introduced himself and trained with him for the first time on Thursday.
"He seems like he knows his stuff and, as a footballer, you've just got to get on with it and embrace the change. Now, we can't wait to get going again on Saturday at Arsenal.
"We put in a good performance at Man United, but the result wasn't quite what we deserved. We need to go to Arsenal and show the same resilience and quality we showed at Old Trafford and play like that against every team until the end of the season. If we do that, we can take something on Saturday for sure."
Alfie's goals have been pivotal to the results the Royals have earned in the Barclays Premier League so far this season and he has already notching against the Gunners this season, scoring the first in our defeat to Arsene Wenger's men before Christmas.
"I need to score more goals - I'm critical of myself and I've had a couple of half chances here and there recently. I've got to strive to do that because that's what I'm paid to do.
"The fans have been fantastic with me since I've come here. They've been tremendous to us all - but we really need them now for the final push. We need them to get us over the line if we're going to do something special.
"We did something tremendous last season by getting promoted and winning the Championship. We need that spirit we had in the stadium towards the end of last season again, we need the fans to be our twelfth man. I know it's a cliché but that's what we need. And that starts on Saturday."