By Chris Harris
Gavin Hoyte is used to watching Arsenal's senior stars in action at Emirates Stadium. On Tuesday night he hopes they will enjoy watching the Club's Carling Cup kids.
That's exactly what happened at the end of September when Hoyte and company put on a show in the Third Round of the competition and hit Sheffield United for six. Arsenal's big names were among an admiring audience and, evidently, they even played their own small part in the victory.
"The first team helped us before the game," revealed Hoyte. "They came around the dressing room and shook our hands. They gave us a bit more confidence and they wished us luck.
"It wasn't just the first team though. I talk to my brother, [former Gunner] Justin, before most games and he just told me to be confident and play my normal game. He encourages me. I think we all wanted to impress and we did that, we showed everyone what we can do.
"Before the game I looked around and you quickly realise you're playing in front of a packed house at Emirates Stadium and it's just brilliant, but you have to try and play your normal game. You saw how we played - we did that."
Hoyte's steady display at right back suggested he has a bright future in the game and underlined his versatility - he actually prefers a more central role. Now the Reserve team captain has his sights set on a repeat performance when Wigan provide even tougher opposition in the Fourth Round.
"The Sheffield United game was brilliant and there were a lot of youngsters playing, including a lot of young English players. But that game has gone now and we have to move on and keep playing," said Hoyte.
"Wigan is a totally different team, a Premier League team, and they will give us a different test. Hopefully it will be the same side as last time and we can give another good performance."Copyright 2014 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 11 Nov 2008