With Per Mertesacker ageing and looking like he will leave soon, Arsenal needs a young and reliable centre back. And if reports in the English press today is true, Arsenal may be set to sign a centre back.
Newly demoted Premier League club to the Championship, Newcastle United are in in need of Arsenal youngster Isaac Hayden, according to the Shields Gazette. This means Wenger isn’t relying on the English man for next season which also means a more experienced centre back will be bought.
The 21-year-old defender spent last season on loan with Hull City (who has been promoted to the Premier League ahead of next season) and made 18 second appearances.
With the departure of Taylor Steven, Newcastle manager Rafa Benitez is keen to get the Arsenal youngster as a replacement at St James’ Park this summer.
Hayden is a versatile defender; he can play as a centre-back as well as a defensive midfielder.
The Arsenal youngster is valued at £2 in transfermarkt.co.uk – Should Arsene Wenger let the out-of-favour young lad go?