Younger brother of Justin, Gavin was captain of the successful Under-18s team last season.
Fast and athletic like his sibling, Gavin can play at full-back but excelled last season as a centre-half, growing in stature throughout the campaign. The youngster’s impressive displays for the Reserves even prompted Arsène Wenger to name him on the bench for the FA Cup Fifth Round replay at Blackburn Rovers.
The youngster made 12 starts for the Arsenal second string last term and also played a key role for the Under-18s. He helped the young Gunners to win their Academy League section, featuring on 23 occasions, and was also one of the stars of the run to the FA Youth Cup Semi-Finals.
Gavin, who has been at Arsenal since the age of nine, made his first appearance for the first team as a second-half substitute in the 2-0 friendly win at Barnet in July.
On September 10, 2007, Gavin signed professional forms with the Club.
Strong and athletic, Paul went from strength to strength last season. His performances caught the eye of the Club’s management and he signed professional terms at the start of the 2007/2008 campaign.
He made his first appearance for the first team soon after, as a second-half substitute in a 2-0 friendly win over Barnet.
Having spent the early part of the 2006/07 season playing in his preferred right-back position he moved inside to form a formidable partnership alongside Gavin Hoyte.
Paul made 13 appearances for the Reserves as well as featuring heavily in the Under-18s squad which won their Academy League section and reached the Semi-Final of the FA Youth Cup.
One of Paul’s most impressive displays came in the first leg of the Semi-Final against Manchester United. Unfazed by the 38,187-strong Emirates crowd the England youth international starred as Arsenal kept out the Red Devils highly-rated Academy side.