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Hayden - It's a great first taste for me

Isaac Hayden says playing at Emirates Stadium for the first time was a “fantastic” experience - and it has left him wanting more.

The 19-year-old played the full 90 minutes at centre back in Tuesday’s Capital One Cup third-round clash against Southampton.

Arsenal were knocked out of the competition after losing 2-1 but Hayden is only taking positives from the game.

"It's a great starter, a great first taste and you want more of it. You want to be playing at the highest level of professional football"

Isaac Hayden

“Despite the result, it was obviously fantastic to play at the Emirates,” he told Arsenal Player. “It's the first time I've played in front of a home crowd which was good. I've been on the bench a few times so it was good to finally get on the pitch.

“It's a great starter, a great first taste and you want more of it. That's the aim, you want to be playing at the highest level of professional football that you can.

“It was a good learning experience for me tonight, playing against Graziano Pelle who's a very good forward. It's good for me and Calum, both being 19, to learn against such good quality opposition. Graziano’s a big strong guy but I did my best, that's all I can do. Give 100 per cent each time I play for Arsenal.”

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