Complete and utter opposite

Last updated : 08 February 2007 By Martyn Bowers
The pacy Arsenal right-back was one part of a minority of passionate players last season, and even though on-loan, he worked his socks off in defence like any player should do. He put Sunderland in the lead against Newcastle, at the SOL on April 17th. Although the goal didn't matter in the end - it was thoroughly deserved.

Now, after some strong reviews, Hoyte is questioning whether he would be the same player he is today without that loan-spell on Wearside.

"It's hard to say whether I would have been the player I am now without that loan spell.

"Football can be a funny game and I got my chance to go out on loan and play as many games as I did.

"It gave me a great opportunity to show what I've learnt and I brought that back to Arsenal.

"Now I'm back here training and playing alongside some top players. It has helped me tremendously."