Newcastle chasing Arsenal defender – Should we let him go?

Newcastle target Arsenal’s Isaac Hayden!

It is reported in today’s Daily Star that Newcastle United are supposedly in contact with Arsenal over a potential move for defender Isaac Hayden.

Hayden, who is an Arsenal youth product spent last season out on loan in the Championship with Hull City, who will now be back in the Premier League next season after achieving promotion. Hayden’s potential new club Newcastle however, will be playing the Championship after being relegated from the Premier League last season. Hayden made 24 appearances overall for the Tigers, playing as either a central defensive midfielder or central defender. Predominantly a centre back, Hayden has seen his progress at Arsenal stagnate over the last few years, since making his debut for the Gunners back in 2013. He has made just two appearances for the club in total.

Hayden in my opinion strikes me as a player who does have potential and could turn out to be a very good defender in the future. However at the present moment, he doesn’t quite cut it and certainly wouldn’t be in the pecking order above the likes of Gabriel and Chambers, despite what flaws they may have. Hayden therefore is likely to either be sent out on loan again or to be limited to just a few cup competition games here and there next season. With that in mind, I wouldn’t be surprised if Wenger let Hayden go to Newcastle if they make a suitable offer. At 21 years old, Hayden is still young and has to develop plenty more before he is the finished product, but I don’t think Arsenal will be the ones investing in his resources.

If the interest from Newcastle is deemed to be true, then it is uncertain on whether the Magpies want the defender permanently or on loan. Personally if they’d take him on loan rather than a sale, then I think that would be the best for Arsenal, as I do believe Hayden could still offer something in the future. At this moment however, he isn’t going to get the regular playing time he needs and at the age he is, he can’t be playing under21 football anymore, he needs to be out getting real professional and competitive match time.



  1. Hayden can’t be any worse
    than crazy 16 mill Gabriel
    Invisible 16 mill Chambers.
    16 mill potential Wellbeck
    10 year 40 mill “potential” Walcott
    7 year 20 mill “potential” Wilshere.
    5 year 20 mill “potential” Chamberlain.
    2 year 20 mill “potential” Debuchi.
    6 year 20 mill “potential” Gibbs.
    78 million worth of potential gone no where.
    Then we have free Bellerin doin just fine.
    Free Iwobi doing pretty damn well.
    Free Campbell ignored but a good player.
    So give “free” Hayden a chance as 4th CB what harm can it do?
    Same with “free” Akpom why do we need a huge price tag before we buy.
    What good have all those other “potentials” done some after years of chances?
    We really should send Ox Walcott Wellbeck Chambers Wilshere Gibbs
    out on loan but twould be embarrassing sending high priced players out
    so instead dump the free guys like Hayden Akpom Campbell Toral Zelalem instead.
    Ranieri had a team of cheapos and won the league.
    Why cant we turn cheap players into stars?
    We don’t buy stars we make them I hear Arsenal fans boast.
    Wenger can spin straw into gold they say.
    So lets walk the talk for a change.
    CB/DM Hayden.
    Striker Akpom.
    Both free.
    Easy peasy.

    1. I like the cynical remarks because it represents the feeling of many fans. Now, Hayden: Absolutely agree that unless we buy two central defenders (most unlikely) one experienced and one up-a day-coming, A decent team need 3 central defenders (one as a back up in case of injuries). We have only one reliable centreback – Kos. I bet No other team in the EPL will start the season with only one reliable centre back. So Hayden must be kept and brought into the first team squad as a young back-up. I also fully agree with your list of ‘expensive’ flops and near-free promising players who probably deserve giving more playing time. This is my view.

  2. I agree with Muda, Hull is a decent club and I like the manager allot. I believe Hayden should listen very carefully to big Stevie Bruce. He might pick up a bit of a no nonsense attitude over there, on occasion our defence could do with some of that. Good athlete is Hayden, but I like others are not overly confident with Hayden becoming an Arsenal regular anytime soon. Lets see how he gets on with Hull this season and hope he impresses enough that we can build an old fashioned English rearguard once again ..those were the days. In schools kids were pretending to be John Barnes, Robbie Fowler, Brian Robson, Ryan Giggs, Teddy Sheringham ..and there’s me big Tony Adams, hobbling some poor kids legs off ..I think it was Teddy, I hated that kid.

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