Wenger - Why I have selected Hayden

Isaac Hayden

Arsene Wenger has praised Isaac Hayden’s intelligence after including him in the Arsenal squad for the Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea.

The 18-year-old made his debut in the third-round clash against West Brom last month - and is part of the matchday squad for Tuesday’s game.

"He is maybe not a creative player but everything he does is intelligent"

Wenger is pleased with the teenager’s progress and believes he has many of the qualities needed to succeed at the highest level.

“I like his strengths in the duels,” the manager told Arsenal Player. “I like his capacity of concentration and I believe as well that technically he is very focused to do well.

“He is committed and at half-time [in West Brom game] I told him to behave well because he was on a yellow card and he did that well in the second half.

“He is maybe not a creative player but everything he does is intelligent. I like his intelligence and all these qualities together makes me choose him.”

Arsenal Membership

Join as an Arsenal Member and receive a range of exclusive benefits such as priority ticket access, subscription to Arsenal Player, a welcome pack and access to members' events with the first team squad. If you join as a Junior Gunner you have the chance of being a Matchday mascot or ball boy.

Join today and always be ahead of the game