Arsene Wenger has revealed that Arsenal midfielder Isaac Hayden chose Rafa Benitez and Newcastle United, over Steve Bruce and Hull City.

The Arsenal boss saying that ‘Newcastle is a good opportunity’ after the 21 year old passed up the chance to join Hull having spent time on loan there last season.

As for letting him move on from the Gunners, Wenger says that he decided that he would let Isaac Hayden have his opportunity – explaining that a 21 year old with ‘stand still’ if they are not playing regular football.

Sitting on the sidelines being something that Arsene Wenger says can ‘waste a career’ for young developing players.

As for the player’s attributes, he says that Isaac Hayden is ‘intelligent and very good physically’, further indicating why Rafa Benitez sees the player as ideal for the promotion push.

Hayden has impressed so far in the two friendlies, scoring his first goal for Newcastle in the 2-2 draw at Doncaster (watch all the goals here).

Arsene Wenger talking to the official Arsenal website:

“He (Isaac Hayden) 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 is 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.

“It went quite well, they liked him and they wanted to buy him as well.

“I think Newcastle is a good opportunity for him.”