Arsenal's Isaac Hayden says he wants Championship football; three possibilities

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Arsenal prospect Isaac Hayden wants to follow Francis Coquelin. Could Nottingham Forest, QPR, or indeed Charlton help him?

Arsenal prospect Isaac Hayden says Francis Coquelin has inspired him to believe he can crack the first team.

Coquelin had appeared destined for the exit door at the Gunners, until a successful loan deal at Charlton prompted Arsene Wenger to give him a final chance, which he emphatically seized, winning a new contract.

Hayden is a captain of the Arsenal under-21 side, capable of playing at centre-back or in defensive midfield, but has missed months with injury, before making his return in a match with Wolves on Monday night.

The England under-20 international told Arsenal's website: "Francis went to the Championship, played very well, and the manager has given him a chance when he came back.

"The Championship is the league that I think I can go to and play football. I’m not even expecting to go somewhere that I’m guaranteed to play, I want to go there and show to the manager, fans and the players that I’m good enough to play."

Hayden made one start for Arsenal this season, in the League Cup, a 2-1 home loss to Southampton.

Here is a look at three clubs he could make a move to next season on loan...

Nottingham Forest

Forest were able to strike a deal with Arsenal to sign Chuba Akpom, and could look to the Gunners again for Hayden. The youngster could provide cover in midfield until Chris Cohen returns from injury, or replace Jamaal Lascelles in defence who is expected to finally join Newcastle, who signed him last summer.


QPR would do well to add a hungry prospect like Hayden to their ranks as they seek to bounce back to the Premier League. They need to replace Rio Ferdinand at centre-back, while they also will face a challenge to hang onto former Tottenham trainee Steven Caulker, a former England international who is highly regarded.


If they were good enough for Coquelin, then there is no reason to think Arsenal would not be open to letting Isaac Hayden go on loan to Charlton next season. The Addicks would be remiss not to attempt to bring in the prospect from the club who signed Carl Jenkinson from them a few summers ago.

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