Hoyte: No agenda for Wenger
By Tom Adams. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
Justin Hoyte has denied that Arsene Wenger does not give domestic talent a look-in, despite the defender becoming the first Englishman to score for Arsenal in the league for over a year.
The Gunners' French boss has often been derided for his perceived favouritism towards foreign stars and Hoyte broke a long run without an English name on the scoresheet when he finished off a one-two with Thierry Henry in Tuesday's 4-0 defeat of Charlton.
Indeed, Sol Campbell was the last Englishman to net for The Gunners in the Premiership with a brace in September 2005.
However England Under 21 international Hoyte believes the presence of both himself and 17-year-old forward Theo Walcott in Wenger's squad proves that the Arsenal chief is willing to encourage domestic hopefuls despite his multi-national outlook.
"When you put an Arsenal shirt on, we are all playing for Arsenal," said Hoyte.
"Arsene Wenger does give English players a chance. Theo and I are here, and we are playing well. That is great for Arsenal.
"There are also other English players here and if you are good enough and the boss has faith in you, then you will play.
"The boss has shown that already and so it is just up to me and Theo to keep working hard so that we can keep our places in the team.
"It is just fantastic for me to score, full stop. It is all good for the team and it is a great result.
"When we all play everyone is playing for Arsenal. It does not matter what nationality you are, it does not matter where you are from."