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Neil Taylor hopes Bob Bradley can revive Swansea's fortunes

New Swansea City manager Bob Bradley after a press conference at the Marriott Hotel, Swansea.
Image: Bob Bradley will take charge of his first match as Swansea manager at Arsenal

Neil Taylor is hoping the "exciting" Bob Bradley can turnaround Swansea's fortunes as the American prepares for his Premier League bow.

Bradley was confirmed as Francesco Guidolin's successor last week and will become the first American to manage in the Premier League when Swansea travel to the Emirates Stadium on Saturday to face Arsenal.

Taylor is yet to meet Bradley having been away on international duty with Wales, but the left-back has revealed he has already received positive reports about Bradley from his Swansea team-mates.

"He strives to get the best out of players is the word coming out, and the lads have said training has been really good," Taylor said.

"He looks a really exciting manager. He looks up for it and backs his ability as a manager.

"Hopefully from here onwards we can pick up results because that is what matters in the Premier League.

Neil Taylor in action for Swansea City
Image: Neil Taylor is looking forward to working with Bradley

"He looks very motivated and that is great for the players. We can feed off him and we need to use that to pick up results, that is obvious now."

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Guidolin was appointed as Swansea manager in January and helped the club maintain their Premier League status last season, leading them to impressive wins over Arsenal and Liverpool.

But having won just one league match this season - on the opening day at Burnley - the Italian was dismissed with Swansea languishing in 17th place.

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Though he fell out of favour under Guidolin, Taylor insists he does not see Bradley's appointment as a new beginning for him.

"I will just go back and work the same way I was working under the old manager, that is the way I do things," Taylor said.

"It makes no difference to me, but obviously there will be different ideas.

"There are ups and downs for every footballer, you just stay on a level playing field whether you are up or down.

Francesco Guidolin looks on before the Premier League match between Southampton and Swansea City
Image: Francesco Guidolin was sacked following Swansea's poor start to the new season

"You keep working the same way, things come back around - that is the way football is."

Swansea have an excellent record at Arsenal having won on three of their five Premier League visits there and losing only once.

"It is a tough first game but we don't mind playing that," Taylor added.

"We are hoping we can pick up from where we left off there last season and pick up points.

"Swansea City have no divine right to go and win at these clubs. We would be probably written off even if we were in form."

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