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Taylor: "Ready to push on"

28 March 2013

Goalkeeper on return to Gunners

Goalkeeper Stuart Taylor says the Royals can get a result at Arsenal on Saturday - if they can recreate the tenacious performance from our last Barclays Premier League game at Manchester United.

Taylor returns to the club where he began his career - but any former allegiances are firmly set aside on Saturday, and he's confident that we can start turning things around at the Emirates.

"Just look at how we played against Manchester United," he pointed out. "I thought we did ourselves justice that night, and in the end were undone by a massive deflection. We have to go to Arsenal with confidence and if we recreate that performance we are in with a chance.

"I was thinking the other day, I’ve never actually played against Arsenal. It would be a great experience to go back there – it’s a great club, who I have very fond memories of."

Naturally, the shot stopper would love to play against the Gunners but isn't taking anything for granted as Taylor, whose last appearance before this season was against Nigel Adkins' Scunthorpe, fully understands that the newly appointed manager will pick his own side.

Taylor also recollected his time at Highbury, and paid tribute the then and current manager Arsene Wenger for giving him his first chance in the game.

"I never take anything for granted and obviously the manager will come in and decide who will be involved, but as always I’m ready if needed. Everyone in the group is together as always and we’re ready to push on between now and the end of the season, starting this weekend."

"It was a great place to be a player. The fans were always great there - and to play with some of the players that I did, it was a real honour. They had a number of really world class experienced players there at the time, unbelievable players all of them. And, as he still does, Arsene Wenger started to throw in the youngsters in alongside them. Arsene Wenger gave me my chance and I’ll always be indebted to him for that. He is a superb manager and he was brilliant for me.

"Arsenal are going through a bit of a change at the moment, but some of the players they have coming through are fantastic. A year or two down the line I think you’ll see these young players and the team as a whole become stronger. When a couple of those young players have a bit more experience under their belts, that is when Arsenal will be a real force."

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