Hoyte wants left back role
By Andrew Scurr
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Justin Hoyte believes he is the solution to the left back problem at Arsenal.
Arsenal defender Justin Hoyte believes he is the solution to the left back problem caused by Ashley Cole's departure to Chelsea on transfer deadline day.
The 21-year-old lost his starting place to new arrival William Gallas for the game against Middlesbrough at the weekend, having begun the season filling in for Cole.
Gallas is known to prefer a more central role in defence and Hoyte is keen to regain his place at left back.
The Gunners have begun the season in disappointing fashion but Hoyte is expecting a speedy improvement and aims to be involved in the upturn in form.
"It's been a good start to the season because I've played and started the season, pre-season as well in a lot of games, so I'm hoping things will go well and I'll keep my place," said Hoyte.
"Obviously the aim is to do well in Europe again but we also want to improve in the league, I'm hoping to be involved and hopefully I'll play."
Hoyte and Cole came through the Arsenal ranks together and the Gunners stopper insists there are no ill-feelings towards the England international, despite his acrimonious departure.
Cole has been critical of Arsenal in his autobiography but Hoyte has nothing but praise for the likes of Arsene Wenger and Thierry Henry.
He added: "We've got a great manager, with the senior players and the young players, he's fantastic with everyone helping them learn more.
"Just to train with someone like Thierry Henry is fantastic, he's not only a great player but a great man. On and off the field he's just fantastic to have at the club.
"Just by training against Thierry helps a lot, he helps us with our positioning and gives us tips on every level.
"Ashley came up through the ranks at Arsenal as well, and we were playing together on opposite flanks.
"He's a great guy and helped me a lot in my position. He talked to me all the time and was one of my mentors."