Wenger keeps an eye on Hoyte
By Alex Dunn
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Arsene Wenger admits he is keeping an eye on Justin Hoyte's progress.Arsene Wenger admits he is keeping an eye on Justin Hoyte's progress at Sunderland as Arsenal's injury crisis continues.
Gael Clichy has joined Ashley Cole in the Highbury treatment room after breaking a bone in his foot, leaving Wenger short of defensive cover.
Hoyte has been converted to left back this term by Black Cats boss Mick McCarthy and has impressed in his new role, despite Sunderland's struggles at the wrong end of the table.
Wenger allowed Hoyte to leave on loan to gain first team experience but having observed his progress, has clearly been left impressed with his starlet's form.
''All the reports I've got about him are very good,'' said Hoyte.
''I've spoken to Sunderland manager Mick McCarthy, who said he's been outstanding and what is more, he has developed on the left flank.
''I always felt Justin would be a slow developer because he's not a show off, he's a quiet boy who needs to be encouraged and they develop more slowly.''
With Arsenal struggling to keep pace with Chelsea at the summit of The Premiership, there have been calls for Wenger to bolster his ranks in the January transfer window.
However, Wenger insists he is more than content with his current squad and will only add to it should the right player become available.
''All I can say at the moment is that we've not had contact with anybody,'' he continued.
''I look at how well my players are developing and trust them. If we have to add one or two we'll do it. But the most important thing is that it's time to believe in the squad we have as it has outstanding quality.
''If I find the right player maybe. But if I don't, then I don't mind.''
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