Arsene Wenger has lost some important players this summer, but the latest supposedly set to leave will not be greatly missed if he does indeed make this move to Middlesbrough.
GARETH Southgate is pushing Arsenal for a quick decision on Boro’s written bid for defender Justin Hoyte.
Southgate is keen to have the right-back in his line-up for the opening Premier League game against Spurs at the Riverside Stadium on Saturday.
Boro are believed to have offered around £3m for the 23-year-old, who has failed to establish a regular place for himself at the Emirates.
Hoyte is seen by Southgate as a perfect replacement for Luke Young, who has completed a £5.5m move to Aston Villa, rising to £6m after appearances. (gazettelive.co.uk)
Justin Hoyte has struggled to claim a run in the first team, and this has been down chiefly to the fact that he is simply has not been able to challenge those ahead of him in the Arsenal queue. More than five years after his debut, the full-back may be ready to contemplate a future away from the Emirates and a move to Boro would at least help him to secure a first-team run that could rejuvenate a stuttering career.
Wenger will also be happy for the cash injection that comes in handy alongside the cash he received from the sale of Bentley to Spurs, and from the departure of Hleb, Flamini, Silva and Co. Hoyte is by no means a bad player but he simply isn’t a top-four level player, but could thrive at the Riverside. Do Gunners fans think that Justin could still make it at the club or should they cut their losses and sell?