England Under-21 international Isaac Hayden talks up "special aura" at St James' Park compared to Arsenal's Emirates Stadium
Isaac Hayden has suggested that Newcastle United fans are much more passionate than supporters of his old clubs Arsenal and Hull City.
The midfielder, who enjoyed a good first season with United and won a Sky Bet Championship title winners medal, is eager to return to the Premier League.
Speaking in an interview with the Times’ Henry Winter, Hayden said: “It’s a special feeling here.
“Arsenal are a massive club, but it doesn’t have the same aura as Newcastle.
“I pulled on the red-and-white Arsenal shirt — maybe not enough times to fully appreciate it — but it’s almost like a sense of pure passion from the Geordies, compared to the Arsenal fans.
“Don’t get me wrong, Arsenal fans have had a tough time as well and been great, but I didn’t get the feeling when you walk out at the Emirates as when I walk out at St James.
“When we lose, I know 50,000 people are not going to have a good weekend.