Hoyte open on future
By Mark Buckingham. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Justin Hoyte would consider a permanent move to Sunderland, if he fails to force his way into the Arsenal team.
The young full back is spending the season on loan at The Stadium of Light as he looks to build up his experience.
At Highbury, Hoyte has been forced to contend with infrequent outings in the Arsenal side and has been relishing the chance to play regular football at Sunderland.
He has impressed in his three appearances to date and has quickly slotted into Mick McCarthy's plans at left back.
Hoyte concedes his primary goal is to use his time on Wearside to press his claims for inclusion in Arsene Wenger's setup in North London.
But the 20-year-old accepts he may have to quit The Gunners permanently to play on a regular basis and has left the door open with Sunderland.
"There are a lot of top players at Arsenal but my aim has got to be to learn from my experience here and go back to try to force my way into the first team," said Hoyte.
"The thing with Arsene Wenger is he will give young players a chance if he feels they are ready. That's a bit different from Chelsea who just go out and buy someone.
"In an ideal world I will go back there and push for a first team place with Arsenal but that might not be the case.
"I might go back there and find I'm not needed. I certainly wouldn't rule out a permanent move to Sunderland.
"At the moment I want to go back to Arsenal at the end of the season but you can never rule anything out in football. I've got to keep my options open.
"It has opened my eyes a bit because I've realised there is a life away from Arsenal."