Arsenal departee reveals he left against Wenger’s wishes

New Newcastle midfielder Isaac Hayden has revealed that he left Arsenal against the wishes of manager Arsene Wenger.

Hayden joined the Gunners as a thirteen year-old, moving from Southend United, and progressed through the ranks to make his first-team debut in 2013 in the League Cup.

The 21 year-old made only two outings for the senior team in cup competitions, and despite making the Arsenal bench on two occasions, is yet to feature in a Premier League match, which likely played a big part in his exit.

Hayden joined Newcastle in July this year, and has revealed that he left despite his coach Arsene Wenger wanting him to stay. “Arsene Wenger wanted to keep me, but I knew the time was right to move on and I knew this was the club for me,” Hayden said.

“It ticked all the right boxes, the fans, the manager, the infrastructure, the players already here and, of course, the film.

“Everything drew me towards this football club, and I am really excited about the future.

“This season is about me progressing as an individual and the team moving up the table and winning promotion at the end of the season.”

You can hardly blame Hayden for wanting to leave the club having had little influence on the first-team, but for Wenger to want him to stay, he must have seen some potential remaining in the midfielder.

We are obviously well charged in the area of the pitch he would have preferred to play in, and as much as he left against the club’s wishes, I hope he does well in the Championship with Newcastle.

Should Hayden have waited for a chance under Arsenal? Is this going to be another sale of a youngster that we will regret?

Pat J

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  1. WENGER OUT! I would save his 7M salary if we are anyway going to finish outside top 4 anyway
    I see ManC,ManU,Chelsea ahead of this team, 1 more and Wenger will lose his record, but will not be sacked this old fa***t

  2. Crystal palace paid 27 million pounds for a striker… crystal palace…. what is our excuse ?? Inflation?? Just compare their ticket price to ours… and ofcourse the revenue from champions league…

  3. Off topic, If Hayden was going to make it at Arsenal he would have done so by now, it’s a shame as he had the potential but as usual Wenger just did not give the youngster enough game time to progress like many others who’ve also gone by the wayside while Wenger sticks with injury wreaks he shouls have got rid of.

  4. Wenger points out RM didn’t sign a striker. Except they did. But that ignores the fact that they have Ronaldo, Bale, Benzema already #Wengerlogic

    Wenger says he wants Theo to be a striker because he does not do enough defensive work. He then goes on to say that Sanchez should not be a wide player because his energy is used up running up and down the flank. One is a striker because he can’t defend and the other is a striker because he does defend #Wengerlogic

  5. Today at 21 players are established first team starters.

    Hayden is going to Newcastle United FC because he is ready. Just not ready for Arsenal who has a midfield bursting at the seams.

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