By Adam Clark
Lauren may be back from injury and Emmanuel Eboue won't be far behind, but Justin Hoyte gave a timely reminder that he will give as good as he gets in the battle for the right-back spot when he netted his first Arsenal goal in the 4-0 romp over Charlton on Tuesday.
It made Hoyte the first Englishman to score a Premiership goal for the Gunners since Sol Campbell struck against Everton in September 2005.
Hoyte believes Arsène Wenger will continue to show faith in him if his good form continues.
"Lauren's return is good for the team," said the 21-year-old. "There are three players that play in that position [right back] and it keeps us all on our toes.
"Eboue's injured at the moment and I've stepped in and I'm playing well but Manu was playing fantastically well when he was playing. As a player you approach it that you've got to work hard in training and play well on the pitch, and if you're doing well, and playing well, you'll stay in the team."
Although Hoyte now plies his trade in the back four, he actually began his career as a striker. Those early days as a goal-getter held him in good stead when Thierry Henry's return pass reached him in stoppage time at the end of the first half on Tuesday night.
"In my youth team days I used to be a striker so I just tried to get the best contact possible and then I checked again just to make sure it went in. You can see from my celebration how much it meant to me and I don't score often so I thought I might as well have a little dance.
"I'd like to make as many appearances as I can and as far as winning goes I think the Club can win everything possible. That's what I believe. I think we go into every game believing we can win it, so why can't we win all the trophies?"
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