Hayden seals Hull loan, with Akpom poised to join him



Hull City have confirmed that they have signed Isaac Hayden on a season-long loan, but it appears that the 20-year-old won’t be the only Arsenal loanee spending the campaign at the KC Stadium, with Chuba Akpom also poised to link up with Steve Bruce’s team.

Hayden is seeking to take the next step in his development after producing several impressive performances for Arsenal at U21 level in recent seasons.

Speaking to Hull’s official website, Hayden said: “It’s exactly what I need at this stage of my career. This club is an ambitious one, so to be part of this is a great opportunity. It’s a chance for me to prove myself.”



Akpom’s potential loan move is a very intriguing one, especially with the deal set to occur just a fortnight after manager Arsene Wenger said that he had no intention of loaning the forward.

Akpom, who has made nine competitive appearances for the Arsenal first-team, impressed during this summer’s opening pre-season fixture as he scored a hat-trick against a Singapore Select XI. However, his performances in the Emirates Cup last weekend demonstrated that he is still some way from being the finished article.

An England U20 international, this is set to be Akpom’s fourth loan spell after previous stints with Brentford, Coventry City and Nottingham Forest. Despite boasting an excellent goalscoring record at youth level, Akpom is yet to score in a competitive senior match, something he will certainly be seeking to address if his proposed move to Hull goes ahead.

From an Arsenal perspective, the idea of loaning both Hayden and Akpom to the club could well prove to a beneficial one as it will enable both players to settle into their new surroundings very quickly.

If Akpom does depart on loan then it will leave Arsenal with just two available options for the centre-forward position going into the new season in Olivier Giroud and Theo Walcott, with Danny Welbeck out injured and Alexis Sanchez not due to return to training until Monday after participating in the Copa America.

Of the club’s current crop of U21 players it appears that wingers Jeff Reine-Adelaide and Alex Iwobi are currently closest to the first-team squad, with both of the youngsters in contention to make the bench against Chelsea in the Community Shield at Wembley on Sunday.



  1. I’m surprised this has happened before the start of the season. I’d expected them both to be in our TinPot Cup team. But if Steve Bruce has given us some assurance that they’ll both get a reasonable amount of playing time then I think it’s a good idea, provided they aren’t allowed to talk with Huddlestone, Livermore or Dawson off the pitch!

  2. Arsène Wenger has a good relationship with Steve Bruce. He is one the few manager whom Arsène seems to trust. Hopefully that loan will as successful as the Bentdner and Djourou was at Birmingham. If both can gain some valuable playing time and help Hull gain promotion, everybody is a winner.
    I think that Haydn should play defensive midfield instead central defender. If he learns to rein his brain fart and uncontrolled “red card in waiting” lunge per game while picking up Tom Huddlestone long range passing, he could come back next season with a chance of making it at AFC.
    Regarding Akpom, I am even less convinced that he will make it at AFC. To me Alex Iwobi seems the better prospect. With some younger strikers or attackers already snapping at his heels and Arsenal having the fund to buy a ready made replacement, his window of opportunity may be closing fast.

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