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Arsenal accept Hoyte bid

Arsenal have accepted a bid from Middlesborough for the services of England U21 full back Justin Hoyte.

He is due to have talks with the club shortly. Boro Chief Executive Keith Lamb says on the clubs web site 'We have agreed a fee with Arsenal and we have now been given permission to speak to Justin, which we will be doing in the next 24-48 hours.'

Hoyte has often pleaded his desire to stay with the club but with the club signalling their willingness to let him go it will be difficult for him to do so if he is offered decent personal terms.

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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday August 14 2008

Time: 12:25PM

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He's been a good professional for us. Maybe not the best player we've ever had but his attitude has been exceptional and he deserves to be playing regular football somewhere.
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14/08/2008 12:47:00

Shame, I like Justin - he always gives the impression of a guy that desperately wants to improve for us, he is an Arsenal lad after all. I wouldn't begrudge him the move though, he must be thinking seriously about his career considering he is 24 now.
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14/08/2008 12:48:00

can't we just loan him out? i like they guy, and i think he can come in handy...
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14/08/2008 12:54:00

same thoughts here, we need Gooners like him in the squad. I'd be very very sad to see him go.
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14/08/2008 13:04:00

I'd like us to keep him, a bit sad to see him go. An Arsenal lad and good young pro in the team. But if Arsene thinks it's a good decision, fair enough. Maybe he's counting on Eboue to back up Sagna (I hope so).
Lou the Gunneress
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14/08/2008 13:39:00

great pro and of course a gooner but, much as I like him, it would be a waste of a career to spend your whole time as back-up, even a loan move would not feel like first team football. fair to let him go I think. I'll be sad to see him go but happy to see him playing reguarly in the premiership (and he'll still be wearing red and white)
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14/08/2008 14:27:00

I feel badly for Justin, he really loves the club, he's a true Gunner, I hope he's ok with this. Boro's not a bad club to go to, Southgate's a decent manager who likes attacking football. And Boro have an annoying habit of beating the top teams, Justin could even get one over us. It'll be good for his career. But I have very mixed feelings since we can't afford to lose anyone else. If this means Eboue will be Sagna's back-up, then ok. Best of luck to Justin, I just hope he doesn't wind up being quoted in the tabloids trashing Arsenal.
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14/08/2008 14:43:00

Eboue as back up to Sagna and we sign a winger and a defensive midfielder!!!!!!!!!!!! I would like...
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14/08/2008 14:56:00

It's a shame for him. And whilst I agree he's not the best, why is every story I read about Arsenal players is people LEAVING?!?!
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14/08/2008 16:10:00

I like him, but then I like my mates too and none of them are good enough to play for Arsenal (or anyone else for that matter) The boy is ordinary and if he played for anyone else I would probably say he was rubbish. Harsh words perhaps, but bottom line is he isn't good enough. I feel another debate about 'not enough English players' coming on.
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14/08/2008 17:23:00

If you're not in the team having been somewhere as long as him it isn't really going to happen. A move is probably best for him.
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14/08/2008 19:04:00

I would have to agree with gunnerblood, I've not veen impressed with his performances last season. Admittedly they were against the man u and liverpool, 2 of the best teams in the league. But these are the teams we have to beat if we want to win the only 2 competitions that really matter. He seemed completely out of his depth in both games. I think Arsene is right to let him go, he's been very patient with him so far and given him plenty of chance to prove himself. I'd prefer Eboue as cover at right-back, a vastly superior player to Hoyte in my opinion.
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14/08/2008 19:44:00

Another point, no one can say AW doesn't give english players a fair chance, Hoyte is a good example. It's just that sometimes they simply aren't good enough.
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14/08/2008 19:46:00

he will be in the championship in 2 years.
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14/08/2008 21:40:00

He and clichy came on the scene at hte same time.......theres the difference!
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14/08/2008 21:44:00

We should not be reducing the squad size at the moment. Even though he's not an excellent player, he will be useful during the season, filling in at RB. I appreciate the need for him to start regularly, but this is not the right time to be selling anyone from this squad.
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14/08/2008 22:47:00

It so sad to see Justin leave as he is an Arsenal lad, after all, but saying that he's 24yrs old and he deserves a good shoot at 1st team football. We must not forget we still have his brother with us. Good Luck Justin!
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15/08/2008 04:42:00

Theres no doubt in my mind that he will go now. Arsene accepting an offer for you is him saying its time to move on. I wish we could keep our backups like Man U do ala Wes Brown, Silvestre and Fletcher. Good luck Justin wherever football takes you!
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15/08/2008 06:32:00

Justin is a versatile squad player - which is what we need when injury stricken. His attitude has been impeccable. As above, succesful teams have these types of players, and I don't think now is the time to be selling yet another player. If united are happy with fletcher et al, then we can be happy with Justin et al. He's not the worst player in our squad imho.
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15/08/2008 10:10:00

I usually don't criticise Wengers decisions but I feel selling Hoyte would be a mistake. Whilst he isn't the best player around he is a squad player, when the team gets tired and teams like Sunderland are up you can rest players like Sagna. There is also the issue of injuries. I know Eboue is a better cover than Sagna but what if both players end up injured? Really you should have 3 players who you can rely on for a position. Also people should take a look at Flamini what did people think of him before his wonder season?
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15/08/2008 11:17:00

Hoyte out....Inler in (maybe),cntnt01,detail,0&cntnt01articleid=1036&cntnt01returnid=42
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15/08/2008 14:39:00

Would have liked to have seen Hoyte have more of a future being a local lad, but sadly he is just not good enough. More worringly though is the lack of funds available to Le Boss. My bet is that the new DM (be it Inler or someone else) will only come once funds are made available through the sale of Hoyte. The same thing happened with the Nasri transfer being held up until Hleb could be unloaded and the proceeds used for Nasri. Le Boss was very dismissive of bringing in a new DM just 2 weeks ago and only since Middlesbrough have bid for Hoyte (and qualification for the CL is more or less secure), has he suddenly changed his tune. Maybe its purely coincidence, but my bet is that the current board is more interested in developing property than a successful football team. Time for a buy-out...a billionaire owner is probably the only chance we have for silverware!
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15/08/2008 20:23:00


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