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Wenger's Praise For Bentley

Wenger's Praise For Bentley

Blackburn Rovers midfielder David Bentley will come up against Arsene Wenger tonight (and his former Arsenal side) but Wenger insists that he is proud of what Bentley has achieved.

Bentley finally left Arsenal in 2006 in search of regular first team football to sign for Rovers after loan spells with Norwich City and Rovers. Wenger didn't want him to leave at the time when he did but he had fierce competition ahead if him at that time so he appreciated his desire for first team football and reluctantly agreed to this in order to be fair to Bents.

Wenger is quoted on Sky Sports as saying: "Bentley is having a good development in his career and I am very happy for him.

"I let him go at a moment where I could have said 'no, you stay here' - but I was also conscious there were big players in front of him and he was not experienced enough.

"You have to consider is it fair to them not to let them go, even if it hurts you later

Wenger knew that the day would come (as it often has) when people would ask why he let Bents go, but as he had already explained (and continued to explain) it was in the best interests of Bents for this, and this is what he wanted and he wanted to be fair, however, he has said that he would be playing for Arsenal now if he was still with them but either way he remains proud of what Bents has so far gone on to achieve.

He added: "I knew there would be some stage where people said 'why did you let him go?' but when I make that kind of decision, I am then happy someone asks me that question because it means he has been a success elsewhere.

"It is sometimes difficult to let a player go when you know it is just a question of timing. But at the end of the day, you cannot keep everybody and it can come back to haunt you because Bentley is a great player now.

"He would play here now, whether he would be a regular or not, I don't know, but he has the quality.

"David always had the belief he was a good player and he will show it, not because he was bearing a grudge or anything against the club. He is convinced of his own ideas and has great belief in himself at that level

We will be hoping (along with Bents himself) that he can come back to haunt Arsenal tonight, however, I personally think that neither party holds any grudge against the other whatsoever.


Date:Monday February 11 2008
Time: 10:19AM


Nice words from Wenger there, but hopefully Bents can smiling evening more come 10pm tonight :)
Hughes Da Man
11/02/2008 10:21:00
Bentley would not be playing for Arsenal.
11/02/2008 10:35:00
Typical gooner, sorry your squad is just way too good that you could not accomodate the England Right Midfilder....
11/02/2008 10:38:00
Mornin' Rovers, that time of the season again. Since the reverse fixture our season's have been different, your form's been a bit indifferent, I kept telling my Rovers supporting pal that injuries and suspension would make an impact on your season, Hughes has done a great job so far and it's about time the purse strings were loosened so he can sign a couple of players. Us, well thankfully we've been plugging away quite nicely. Hughes has come out with some very positive comments about Arsenal today and I hope that tonight the respect between both teams is still there. Please please follow the script and let us win so we have a nice cushion at the top :D Btw, MGP, do any/many of you feel he shoulda been sold over the summer?
11/02/2008 10:40:00
sasman, are you seriously trying to suggest that Bentley is better than Hleb?? Bentley would be no more than a squad player at Arsenal & he knew that. He joined Blackburn because he knew he was pretty much guranteed first team football & not just a squad placing.
Ashburton Gooner
11/02/2008 10:43:00
And the reason he is not good enough is possibly because he is English.
11/02/2008 10:46:00
When he was with you guys, yes he would not of even made the bench, but now, he is a complete different player, and he would slot into the Arsenal team
11/02/2008 11:21:00
He may well slot in but he is not as good as Hleb, Rosicky, Fabregas, Eduardo et cetera.
11/02/2008 11:22:00
Dw your point bothering to argue. Anyways, good luck with tonights game, hopefully its a clean one, we cant afford to lose any more players lol
11/02/2008 11:25:00
i thought hleb played more on the left and in the middle for arsenal and that walcott ant eboue were playing right side for arsenal? in my mind he isnt better than hleb but definitely better than eboue as a RM and walcott too
durks de rover
11/02/2008 11:55:00
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