Former Arsenal youngster Isaac Hayden has admitted it was the right time to leave the Emirates Stadium as the competition for places was just too fierce.
Hayden spent last season on loan at Championship side Hull City and helped them earn promotion to the Premier League.
He's recently just signed for Rafa Benitez's Newcastle United side on a permanent deal, who are hoping to replicate Hull's success by returning to the Premier League at the first time of asking.
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After leaving Arsenal on a permanent basis, he was quick to explain he left because he felt he simply had to play on a regular basis to progress his career, something that he feels wouldn't have happened at Arsenal due to their "overstocked midfield".
However, Hayden did mention the wonders that training alongside talents such as Santi Cazorla and Mesut Ozil has done for him as a learning curve.
In an interview with the Shields Gazette, he said: "It won't hinder you, I've got a lot to thank Arsenal for - I was there for eight years. Training with players such as Santi Cazorla, Jack Wilshere, and Mesut Ozil will only help you."
Hayden obviously has massive respect for the players and coaching staff at Arsenal, but believed that his time was up at the club.
"It was a good time, but it's time to move on and Newcastle is the right place for me to do so. For me, there was no chance for me at Arsenal.
"They have too many talented midfielders there, and even players like Jack Wilshere might not get a game next season."
If Wilshere and Hayden were going to struggle to make it into Arsenal's team last year, the arrival of Granit Xhaka will have surely pushed the two further down the pecking order.
Hayden will now attempt to claim his second consecutive promotion to the Premier League with Newcastle United, and manager Rafael Benitez will be hoping that the versatile man will be exactly what he needs to help his team recover their top flight status.
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