Arsenal’s 20-year-old defender Isaac Hayden who is currently on loan to Championship side Hull City has revealed that before joining Arsenal’s youth system Premier League giants Manchester United had offered him to sign at their club but the English defender was in no two minds to take his decision.
Isaac Hayden joined the Arsenal senior squad last season but did not feature in any of the matches. This season he played in the pre-season friendlies and was particularly impressive against Lyon.
Speaking to Hull Daily Mail, Hayden said: “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.
“As soon as I got the nod, and the choice between Manchester United and Arsenal, it was an easy decision. I said ‘Drive me there now!’ as soon as I knew they were interested. It felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“Man United were keen but when you’re 13 and living in London with your parents, it was a no brainer.”
Isaac Hayden can play both as a central defender and defensive midfielder. Arsenal have Francis Coquelin in defensive midfield and thus, Wenger opted to send the youngster on loan so that he gets regular playing time.
The English footballer has played in every age group team of England at the international stage.
Chelmsford-born Hayden has been accompanied at the KC Stadium by Arsenal teammate Chuba Akpom and both players look set to play a big role this season.
Hayden has played in all the five Championship games for Hull City and have impressed club manager Steve Bruce.