Reports are out claiming that Arsenal defender Isaac Hayden, who is currently on loan at Hull City, has revealed that he turned down Manchester United’s offer to instead sign for the Gunners.
The 20-year-old claims the decision was a no-brainer and a perfect opportunity to stay in London with his parents.
“As soon as I got the nod, and the choice between Manchester United and Arsenal, it was an easy decision,” he said.
“I said ‘Drive me there now’ as soon as I knew they were interested.
“It felt like a once in a lifetime opportunity.
“Manchester United were keen but when you’re 13 and living in London with your parents, it was a no-brainer.
“I was 14 when I joined Arsenal. I’d been at Southend before from the age of under-10s.
“We played Arsenal in a friendly at under-13s and they said they’d take me.
“They were my team growing up because my idol was Patrick Vieira.
“I always watched his game and studied what he did.”