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Last Updated: Thursday, 5 June, 2003, 12:12 GMT 13:12 UK
Taylor aims to be number one
Arsenal goalkeeper Stuart Taylor
I'm determined to be number one here
Stuart Taylor
Arsenal goalkeeper
Stuart Taylor has told Arsenal they can call off the search for a top goalkeeper to replace David Seaman.

The former England Under-21 star insists he is ready to step in and do the job full-time now that Seaman has joined Manchester City.

Taylor, who will be 23 in November, made 12 first-team appearances last season, including Champions League action.

"I'm here to compete for the number one spot and whoever the new man is, that's what I'm going to do," he told the London Evening Standard newspaper.

"I've been at Arsenal six years now and it has been my ambition and dream to have the first-team jersey on a regular basis.

"I'm still prepared to be patient because this is Arsenal not just any club and you don't do things like warning Arsenal about this and that.

"But I don't think I've let anybody down in the games I've played and I don't think I'm too young any more.

"Maybe the manager still thinks I'm too young and obviously he's got a big decision to make now that David's decided to leave, but I'm prepared to give it a couple of years which is the time remaining on my contract."

But Rami Shaaban is also hoping that the departure of David Seaman will benefit his first-team chances.

"I don't know if the club has the finances to buy a new, well established goalkeeper," the 27-year-old told Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet.

"If they buy someone who isn't so established this could turn out well for me,"

"The situation could be both positive and negative. At the moment I don't actually know what it will mean."

Wenger, currently on holiday in Italy, is believed to have already advanced his search for Seaman's replacement on at least five different fronts.

He is monitoring Sunderland's 3m-rated Thomas Sorensen, Valencia's Spain international star Santiago Canizares, France's Under-21 keeper Sebastian Frey and Turkey's Rustu Recber.

Wenger is also understood to be running the rule over Flavio Roma.

The 28-year-old Italian goalkeeper is at the Frenchman's former club Monaco, who have just been relegated from the French top flight because of financial problems.

"It was inevitable once David decided to leave that the club would bring in a new goalkeeper," Taylor added.

"That is still a certainty, but I've always been prepared to stay and fight for my place.

"I'm determined to be number one here."




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