Manninger, Wright, Taylor – two out of three weren’t bad……

Having suffered a bore draw against Citeh and witnessing the horrid injury suffered by Given, I thought I would write about Citeh’s number two keeper….

No no, not soon to be Gooner Joe Hart, but old has been Gooner Stuart Taylor…. πŸ™‚

I liked him, always thought he would be the next David Seaman, he looked assured, played with confidence, but sadly, like so many players since the arrival of Arsene Wenger, he didn’t really get his chance in my opinion.

Since David ‘Spunky’ Seaman retired, things have always been a strange affair between the sticks – we had a very very good keeper in Manninger, in the 1997-98 season he was immense for us while Spunky was out through injury but as soon as Seaman was fit again, Manninger went straight back onto the bench. Spunky was 34yrs old then so I guess he still had a season or two left in him, Manninger was only 20yrs old…
Why oh why did we end up letting him go? More importantly, why oh why did we buy Richard Wright, the keeper who was let in, allowed to take over the number two shirt and along the way let one of the few good/great keepers in the making leave?

Right now Manninger is at Juventus playing week in week out, well, not quite, but he plays when Buffon isn’t fit πŸ˜‰

Where is Richard Wright??!! I won’t go there as he plays under Roy Keane, back at the club we bought him from….

So, back to Stuart Taylor, a lad born and bred in Romford, a London boy, maybe thats why he never had a chance??

How on earth is a player we let go all those years ago still deemed to be good enough for Citeh, especially when you think they prefer him to Joe Hart…
Taylor stayed with us for eight years, during that time he played in only thirty matches and sadly, he was loaned out several times, maybe too many times…

Bristol Rovers – September 23 – October 23, 1999
Crystal Palace – August 9 – October 1, 2000,
Peterborough United – February 15 – March 15, 2001
Leicester City – November 18, 2004 – January 23, 2005.

Taylor was often our club’s second or third-choice keeper, he only made ten League appearances in Arsenal’s 2001–02 Premiership season, we won the league and he qualified for a winner’s medal, although this was only achieved in the final match,with the title already won. Taylor and Richard Wright were on 9 appearances so manager ArsΓ¨ne Wenger picked Wright from the start but substituted him for Taylor on 85 minutes so that both were entitled to a winner’s medal.

During his time at Arsenal Taylor was tipped to become Spunky’s successor, but sadly, despite seeing off competition from Alex Manninger and Richard Wright, the signings of Jens Lehmann and Manuel Almunia in 2003 and 2004 respectively led to his decision to seek opportunities elsewhere.

What a shame, look who we got stuck with!!!

Did you know that Stuart Taylor was once asked what the price of an Arsenal Matchday Programme costs? His reply was a corker…

Β£2.50 – I should know I have bought it many times!!

Here he is, against The Old Lady….

You wouldn’t see The Spanish Waiter stretching this much…….

Have a good day all…..

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22 Responses to Manninger, Wright, Taylor – two out of three weren’t bad……

  1. Nick says:

    Taylor was not preferred to Joe Hart at City, it was simply that, having made the decision to let Hart go out on loan, we needed a number 2. Silly to let Hart sit on the bench as number 2, better for him to get further experience on loan.

  2. rico says:

    Hi Nick, the post is more about why Arsenal let him go, but thanks for your comment

  3. Kanz says:

    Stuart Taylor would’ve been good given the same chance as Flappy-handski and Pneumonia! Sometimes I despair of Arsene… he needs some new people around him… make David Seaman the goal keeping coach, Martin Keown the defensive coach .. some fresh blood is desparately needed at coaching level.

  4. rico says:

    Morning Kanz, my point exactly, same goes for Manninger.. But now we have two keepers who both pretty average who he stands by….

  5. Kev says:

    Taylor has been to Aston Villa too and never made the breakthrough and he has now gone to Man City as a backup keeper, no more. As far as im concerned it shows a lack of desire on his part. How can a keeper who was supposed to be so talented as a youngster be happy with spending his whole career on the bench. He should have dropped out of the Premier League, established himself then he would have got a move back if he was good enough. He has never played more than 10 games in a season, to me this points to the fact he isnt actually that good.

    Manninger did play in the 98/99 season and was awful, shaky and having watched him for Juventus sometimes this season he still is, although a great shot stopper, he is crap at crosses and set pieces so he wouldnt solve our problem.

    Richard Wright was a talent but again look whats happened to him since Arsenal.

    I think all 3 had great attributes but I think mentally they werent equipped to be top class keepers.

  6. rico says:

    Morning kev, but isn’t that when a good coach is needed, not with wright he was overated just because he was english imho – just a thought?

  7. K-TR7 says:

    Morning.fab is on around 140k a week according to goal!

  8. rico says:

    Fabianski or Fabregas – Morning KTR7

  9. K-TR7 says:

    Cmon mrs villa you must be joking…of course its Francesc Fabregas`

  10. rico says:

    For sure, just jesting πŸ˜‰

  11. K-TR7 says:

    Rvp says he wants to reach the ‘messi’ level but he has to stay fit first.good to know,now prove it!

  12. rico says:

    he will IF he stays fit πŸ™‚

    Got to go for a bit…

  13. Erick says:

    Hallo all how is the going just passing through, city want to sign an emergency keeper

  14. rico says:

    Afternoon Erick – studying hard I hope πŸ˜‰

    Spooky article of afc.com today πŸ™‚

    Wenger – Taylor was a big talent at Arsenal

    ArsΓ¨ne Wenger has hailed Manchester City keeper Stuart Taylor as a “big talent” but says the 29-year-old lacks top-flight experience.

    Taylor started his career at Arsenal before moving to Aston Villa in 2005. From there he moved to Manchester City last summer, where he has spent the season as Shay Given’s understudy.

    However, Taylor currently has a knee injury and is expected to miss the rest of the season, preventing him from deputising for Given, who dislocated his shoulder at Emirates Stadium on Saturday.

    After the match Wenger was asked about his former keeper and the manager’s response was full of praise.

    “He was a big talent here and I let him go because he wanted to play,” said the manager.

    “He is very tall, he is intelligent, he’s flexible for a tall boy and he has good reflexes for a tall boy.

    “His weaknesses are that he has not played a lot, you know, and he has not many games at the moment in the Premier League where the pressure is very high.

    “So that is a little disadvantage. He’s 29 so he has enough experience as a man but in the Premier League he maybe lacks a bit of experience.”

  15. K-TR7 says:

    Anybody home…

  16. Avashnee says:

    Hi. Love the arsenal always. Trust AW. But we need to win something. Valdez, villa, whatever it takes

  17. rico says:

    I’m about KTR7, not for long though….

  18. K-TR7 says:

    @rico What a slow news day…

  19. rico says:

    sorry ktr7, the phone rang 😦 its has been a boring old news day, but to be expected as the season draws to a close, wait until the transfer window opens, then it will be fun πŸ™‚ πŸ™‚

  20. rico says:

    I’m off peeps, see you tomorrow…

    Nighty night..

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