Arsene Wenger explains why he let Isaac Hayden leave to join Newcastle

Arsenal's Isaac Hayden

Hayden swapped the Emirates for St. James' Park this summer.

Arsenal's Isaac Hayden

Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has told Arsenal Player that he allowed Isaac Hayden to join Newcastle United because he was worried about the young defender wasting his career at the Emirates.

Hayden left the Gunners to join the Magpies on a permanent deal after a successful loan spell in the Championship with Hull City last term, and already looks to have settled into life on Tyneside.

The 21-year-old defender, who can also play in midfield, departed the Emirates Stadium having made just two first-team appearances under Wenger, both of which came in the early rounds of the Capital One Cup.

Burnley's George Boyd and Hull City's Isaac Hayden in action

Countless Arsenal youth prospects have fallen by the wayside at the club only to go on to success after leaving, and Wenger admitted that he wanted to give Hayden an opportunity which would prevent his career stagnating at such an early age.

Wenger told Arsenal Player: "He couldn't get the chance here and I decided to let him go and have an opportunity. 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.

Isaac Hayden celebrates scoring the sixth goal for Hull City

"It went quite well, they liked him and they wanted to buy him as well. I think Newcastle is a good opportunity for him."

Hayden has already shown signs that he can be an important member of Rafael Benitez's squad at Newcastle this season, impressing during pre-season friendlies.

His Arsenal education and Championship experience with Hull stand him in good stead to fight for a regular place in Benitez's side either in the centre of defence or, as seems more likely, in a defensive midfield role.

Tottenham's Nabil Bentaleb in action with Isaac Hayden (R) of Arsenal

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