Arsene Wenger has explained his decision to allow one of the club’s young prospects to leave on a permanent deal this summer.
The Arsenal manager is charged with the task of bringing in new stars to strengthen his squad as well as offloading players who are deemed as not good enough to contribute to the club’s future.
After three years as a member of the Gunners’ youth ranks and a loan spell at Hull City, Wenger approved a deal for Isaac Hayden to join relegated Newcastle on a five-year deal earlier this month.
The 21-year-old, who failed to make a Premier League appearance, will no longer be representing Arsenal despite being regarded as having “fantastic potential” by Newcastle boss Rafa Benitez.
Thus, Wenger has shed some light on his decision to sell Hayden before of the signing of Rob Holding from Bolton.
“He couldn’t get the chance here and I decided to let him go and have an opportunity.” Wenger said
“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 think Newcastle is a good opportunity for him.”