Isaac Hayden has dig at Arsenal fans: This is what makes Newcastle more special
By Aramide Oladipo
Newcastle United midfielder Isaac Hayden has claimed that the passionate Geordie fans make the club more special than former side Arsenal.
The 22-year-old has now enjoyed back to back promotions as he was part of the Hull City side that achieved playoff success last season and this time around, he has played a key part in helping Newcastle achieve automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Hayden spent three years at the Emirates Stadium but he failed to make a single Premier League appearance during his spell at the club.
The midfielder only featured in two matches with the Arsenal first team which involved cameo appearances in the League Cup.
Speaking in an interview with the Times, Hayden expressed that he feels more at ease when playing for Newcastle then he ever did playing in North London.
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“It’s a special feeling here,” he said.
“Arsenal are a massive club, but it doesn’t have the same aura as Newcastle.
“I pulled on the red-and-white Arsenal shirt — maybe not enough times to fully appreciate it — but it’s almost like a sense of pure passion from the Geordies, compared to the Arsenal fans.
“Don’t get me wrong, Arsenal fans have had a tough time as well and been great, but I didn’t get the feeling when you walk out at the Emirates as when I walk out at St James.
“It’s a different vibe. At Newcastle, it’s like I’m representing the guy in the stands. When we lose, I know 50,000 people are not going to have a good weekend.
“They make me feel like I’m representing them directly on the pitch. I didn’t get that at Arsenal or Hull.”
Hayden has been a first-team regular throughout the season at Newcastle, making 36 appearances in all competitions and forming a great partnership with Jonjo Shelvey in the middle of the park.
The midfielder knows what it’s like to score in front of the St James’ Park crowd as he found himself on the scoresheet in Newcastle’s emphatic 4-1 win over Reading in August, securing the Magpies’ first win of the Championship season.