Arsenal defender Isaac Hayden has revealed that he rejected a move to Manchester United before completing his switch to the Emirates in 2008, according to the Daily Star.
The Gunners signed the centre-back after he lined up against them in a youth friendly when he was with Southend, but he explained that he also had the opportunity to join the Red Devils (via Star).
“As soon as I got the nod, and the choice between Manchester United and Arsenal, it was an easy decision,” he said.
“United were keen but when you’re 13 and living in London with your parents, it was a no brainer,” he added.
The 20-year-old made the same decision that Aaron Ramsey made that year (via Star), as he left Cardiff City to become a part of Arsene Wenger’s side. Hayden insisted that it was the opportunity to emulate one of his heroes that made the choice as easy as it was.
“They were my team growing up because my idol was Patrick Vieira. I always watched his game and studied what he did,” the England under-20 international stated.
Unlike Ramsey however, Hayden is yet to feature for the north London outfit in the Premier League, but has made a handful of appearances for the club in the Capital One Cup.
Having agreed a season-long loan deal with Championship side Hull City, he will be hoping that the opportunity of first-team football will improve his chances of breaking into the Gunners’ side upon his return.
He has been an ever-present for Steve Bruce’s team, helping them make an excellent start which has seen the Tigers sit second in the table after the first five games.
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