Isaac Hayden is a really promising young talent, but we seemingly came close to losing out on him to Manchester United. Thankfully the young Englishman saw sense, and made the “no brainer” decision to join Arsenal instead, as reported by the Daily Star.
Currently on lone with Championship side Hull City, Hayden has been impressing already. He looked set to be handed first team chances last season, but his campaign was cut short by injury.
With competition fiercer this season, he has been farmed out to ensure he sees regular action, and will hopefully return a better player.
When discussing his youth career and the options available to him, Hayden revealed he had attracted the attention of Manchester United. As a lifelong Arsenal fan however, it was an easy decision for the youngster to choose the Emirates.
“As soon as I got the nod, and the choice between Manchester United and Arsenal, it was an easy decision,” he said.
“I said ‘Drive me there now!’ as soon as I knew they were interested. It felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity.
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“Manchester United were keen but when you’re 13 and living in London with your parents, it was a no brainer.
“I was 14 when I joined Arsenal. I’d been at Southend before from the age of under-10s. We played Arsenal in a friendly at under-13s and they said they’d take me.
“They were my team growing up because my idol was Patrick Vieira. I always watched his game and studied what he did.”
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The 20-year-old can play in defence or midfield, and has shown quality in both areas of the field. We haven’t seen many tough tackling and powerful players rise through the ranks recently, but hopefully Hayden manages to do so.