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Youngster makes Arsenal debut
8:00am Friday 4th October 2013 in News
ISAAC Hayden had an eventful debut for Arsenal when they beat West Brom in the Capital One cup on penalties.
The Chelmsford-born defender who lives in Brentwood started the third round tie at the Hawthorns in a match which finished 1-1 and was won by the visitors through a penalty shoot-out.
Hayden played 84 minutes of the tie before being substituted by boss Arsene Wenger.
During his time on the pitch, the 18-year-old could have received his marching orders after a full blooded challenge on Youssouf Mulumbu, but was only given a yellow card.
At the age of 13 Hayden joined the Gunners from Southend United.
Ricky Duncan, United’s youth team manager, said he was a proud man to see his former pupil make his Arsenal debut.
he added: “We had Isaac with us between the ages of nine and 13 so it was a proud moment seeing him play for Arsenal’s first team. He’s a great lad who we’ve stayed in contact with and he opened the door for many players to make the same move.
“Eight or nine lads must have followed in his footsteps by going to Arsenal and it would be great if a few of them could also go on to play in the first team there as well.”
Hayden was an established member of England’s under-17 side last season and signed his first professional contract with the Gunners in March.
Further first team appearances with the club will also result in the Shrimpers receiving a cash boost, due to the terms of the transfer he made when leaving Roots Hall.
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