Speaking to the Chronicle, Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden has gone on to explain exactly why he decided to make a move from Arsenal to St. James’ Park during the summer.
Hayden was arguably one of the most highly rated midfielders in the Arsenal side and as a result, it was most certainly a surprise to many that the midfielder was allowed to make a move to Newcastle United on a permanent basis this summer.
Since joining Newcastle, the 21-year-old has managed to establish himself as a mainstay in the Magpies’ midfield and has made a big contribution to the club’s fine start to the campaign so far.
Now Hayden has gone on to speak regarding his decision to join Newcastle at the start of the season and has explained how the fate of Jack Wilshere at Arsenal convinced him to make a switch to St. James’ Park.
The Newcastle star explained that he always knew that his chances of earning regular first team football at Arsenal were slim and seeing an established England international like Jack Wilshere being made available for loan by the Gunners was one of the main reasons why he ultimately left the Emirates Stadium.
He was quoted saying by the Chronicle, “If you look at Arsenal at the start of the season and the midfield areas I wasn’t going to get a game. I am football mad and want to play, I don’t want to sit on the bench or waste away in the reserves.
“I want to be involved in the action and take some responsibility at a football club. That was the problem at Arsenal, there was never any responsibility on me, I was a player who was in or around the squad, I wanted to get away from that. I want to develop.
“Even Jack Wilshere had to go on loan as he’s not getting opportunities at Arsenal. So if he can’t get them when he’s an England senior international then I had no hope. I noticed that quite early on in pre-season and looked to rectify it, and Newcastle was an amazing option for me and I jumped at the chance.”