By Harvey Byrne
Arsene Wenger has stated that Newcastle’s new signing Isaac Hayden was also a target for Premier League side Hull, after a successful loan spell at the Yorkshire club last season.
The 21-year-old joined Newcastle from Arsenal earlier this month in a reported £2.5million transfer and Wenger has said that he let the youngster leave the north London side as playing time would have been hard to come by.
The midfielder joined the Magpies after spending last season on loan at Hull, and Wenger says it was important for the 21-year-old to continue playing regular football. The Arsenal manager believes that Newcastle is a good opportunity for the youngster.
“He couldn’t get the chance here and I decided to let him go and have an opportunity,” said the Arsenal boss in an interview on the club’s website.
“At 21 years of age, you need to play or you stand still – and if you stand still you waste your career.
“He’s very intelligent and very good physically as well, he has good strength. I remember some games he played, like at West Brom in the League Cup where he did extremely well, and I gave him a chance to go up to Hull.
“It went quite well, they liked him and they wanted to buy him as well. I think Newcastle is a good opportunity for him.”
New recruit Hayden joined the Arsenal youth academy at the age of 13 from Southend in 2008.
The defensive midfielder made two appearances for the Gunners during his eight years at the club and spent last season on loan with Hull in the Championship where he made 24 appearances in all competitions.
Hayden will provide a good understanding of the Championship for new boss Rafa Benitez, who will be competing in England’s second-tier of football for the first time.
The Magpies managed to keep hold of former Real Madrid boss Rafa Benitez and have already brought in six players this summer, including Hayden, Dwight Gayle and Matt Ritchie from Premier League sides.
Newcastle are widely expected to challenge for the automatic promotion positions next season and will be hoping to replicate their 2009-10 season when they won the Championship with 102 points.
In other Newcastle transfer news, Real Madrid are interested in signing Magpies midfielder Moussa Sissoko.