By Will Butcher

Isaac Hayden has revealed he joined Newcastle in the summer because he wanted more “responsibility” and life was too comfortable at Arsenal.

The holding midfielder was one of 12 summer signing made by Rafa Benitez in almost £60million of spending, after an impressive loan spell at Premier League new boys Hull last season.

Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie quoted the versatile star on his personal Twitter account, stating that Hayden had revealed that he wanted to grow as a player away from the cosseted environment at Premier League giants Arsenal.

However, Hayden has been made to wait for first-team chances since his £2.5million switch from north London.

The likes of Jonjo Shelvey and Jack Colback have kept Hayden out of the Toon’s central midfield, with Vurnon Anita, Mohamed Diame and Cheick Tiote also able to play in the middle of the park.

Hayden, who moved to the Gunners’ youth academy from Southend back in 2008, made his Arsenal debut against West Brom back in 2013 but managed only two appearances for Arsenal during his eight-year stay.

A loan spell to Hull last season proved Hayden had what it takes to perform in the Championship, as he starred in a side that gained promotion to the Premier League under Steve Bruce.

Hayden has since made 12 appearances for Benitez’s side, as the Toon sit three points clear at the top of the Championship table.

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