It may sound strange but there were instances in the past which made English football fans believe that David Bentley could be the next David Beckham. Bentley set up his reputation for the first time at Blackburn Rovers as a great England star. The England champion scored a hat trick in his very first match against Manchester United for Rovers post enrolling at the north-west outfit and playing a great role for Arsenal. It was indeed the best period for Bentley.
Steve McClaren, the former England boss said that the right foot of Bentley looks identical with David’s and also has a great feel and touch for the ball like him. However, he said there is a long way for the star to be compared with David as he needs to achieve a whole lot of things to be in par with David. After two months, he achieved his first goal in Wembley Stadium with a 3-3 draw against Under-21s. The England star made his debut as a senior in England in the year 2007. However, the following year, the career of Bentley came to a halt. He made his final appearance for the 7th
time for Three Lions in the year 2008. It was in fact the same year when he exited from Blackburn to be a part of Tottenham. Bentley announced that he would take his retirement in 2014 and was only 29 years old. Thereafter, he was honest enough to admit that he had no interest in football.
Former Arsenal forward David Bentley believes that the new Arsenal manager needs time to improve the team. He said that it is never easy to replace a manager such as Arsene Wenger and he believes that the Spanish manager should be given some more time to put his tactics in place.
He said that the team has been stalling for so long and that it will take time for the new manager to bring about some change. He said that it might take a whole season for him to get things right and it is important that the fans remain patient with him.
Blackburn Rovers have a unique opportunity to close up the gap with Wigan Athletic with a victory over Northampton when they meet on Saturday. Rovers earned a late win at Fleetwood the last time. The 2-1 win extended their unbeaten run to 16 games in the league.
The Tony Mowbray led side are second in the league as they have better goal difference compared to Shrewsbury who follow closely. They are five points behind Wigan in the League One but this can reduce to just two if they can get the better over their opponents. Corry Evans, Marcus Antonsson and Peter Whittingham are set to miss the game at Fleetwood. This means Richie Smallwood and Elliott Bennett could partner while Jack Payne and Adam Armstrong could be handed their first start.
Danny Graham would be expected to play in attack and Darragh Lenihan could make a return from injury. Of course Harry Chapman remains sidelined with his long term injury. Northampton are 18th on the log, with 32 points after 28 league games. They won their last game against MK Dons 2-1. They have struggled with defending so far, having conceded 49 goals and scored just 27.
The Cobblers, led by Chelsea legend jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink will likely ply the conservative route against Rovers. However, with the focus of closing the gap against Wigan, Mowbray should be able to steer his side to victory.
David Bentley has told Arsene Wenger to sell Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez because they’re not important to Arsenal and have let him down. Both players are holding Arsenal to ransom on new deals and could leave the club next summer as talks have been shelved.
Sanchez and Ozil want parity with the top earners in the Premier League and to at least double their current £130,000 and £140,000 weekly wages.
But Bentley says the duo are not important to the club because they don’t have the profile of some of the players who he grew up with like Ledley King and Patrick Vieira.
Bentley thinks Ozil and Sanchez have let Wenger down this season and should be moved on.
“I don’t think any player is worth what people say they are unless they’re a great ambassador for the club,” Bentley told 888sport. Read More
David Bentley was named the next David Beckham when he moved to Tottenham Hotspur but he never quite came close.
He was the first man to score a hat trick against the league giants Manchester United in the Premier League era and he was the first to score at the new Wembley Stadium for England.
He was an Englishman that was praised for dominating the Russian Premier League where others suffered bad luck. He was quite an achiever and a man of many firsts. His 40-yard volley in the north London derby stands out, but then the shocking retirement at 29 years?!
Bentley saw upclose the Invincibles’ squad in 2003 at Arsenal. He got few minutes in the FA Cup in a star studded team that had his mentor Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira. He was a very confident player from a young age and he showed so much promise.
He went on loan to Norwich City the following year. Despite the team been relegated that year, the player stood out. He flourished on his next loan assignment at Blackburn Rovers under coach Mark Hughes, who eventually signed him permanently. Bentley repaid the faith instantly with a hat trick in the 4-3 victory over United. He soared in the international scene where he scored a free kick for the Under-21 team against Italy. Read More
Former Arsenal player David Bentley believes that Arsenal can benefit from the fact that they are not in the Champions League to mount a serious push for the title.
He said that there are many teams that have benefited from not being involved in the top European competition and he feels that Arsenal can do the same next season.
However, he admitted that the team might suffer if ever Alexis Sanchez leaves the team. He said that he has been their talisman in the past seasons and that he is a player that will be hard to replace. For him, if the Gunners want to win the title they will need to hold on to the Chilean for as long as they can.
David Bentley who also played for Spurs said that at the moment he feels that Tottenham Hotspurs is a better team than Arsenal and that they will be a greater threat for Chelsea’s title. Read More
Former Arsenal player David Bentley has hit out at the club’s two troubled stars in Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez over reports of how they have behaved this season.
The former Tottenham Hotspur player blasted the duo, calling them selfish.
Arsenal have been troubled, well like every season in a long time, but this term the longtime manager Arsene Wenger could exit the side. They are out of the top four this term and it seems like a major hurdle – something they have managed to do consistently for a really long time.
There have been protests against the French tactician for some time now but the dissatisfaction is peaking. Bentley feels that Sanchez and Ozil let down Wenger this season.
“Walcott, Wilshere, and Oxlade-Chamberlain have played an awful lot of games yet you still feel they are young players, you feel they still need someone around them. Instead they have Ozil and Sanchez and they’re players who concentrate only on themselves.
“They’re not worried about whether the training ground atmosphere is good or what it’s like in the dressing room or if the young players are okay. They only care about themselves because they are players of that nature. That’s fine – you do need those players in a team – but what Arsenal are lacking is leadership,” Bentley said.
Bentley said the experienced legs in the team were not helping out young players or taking the results that the team was posting with much sentiment.
“They move on too quickly and it’s having an effect on Arsenal which is a shame because it’s a great club,” he explained.
There are clouds over the future of the players, but how things end this season would be a big decider.
Bentley added that while the players are important, he feels they are not indispensible.
“Sanchez and Ozil aren’t great ambassadors for their club and they don’t offer the full make-up of their importance as great footballers,” he added.
Former Tottenham Spurs player David Bentley believes that his former club has a great chance of winning the title this season.
He said that despite making a slow start to the season, the club has recovered magnificently and that they are now firing on all cylinders.
He believes that the club is stronger than last season where the players lost the title in the final stage of the season, and he believes that they will not do the same mistake again.
He said that there is still a lot of games to be played and that he believes that Chelsea will drop some points again.
David Bentley said that the players are giving the best on the pitch and that you could see that they believe in themselves. He believes that Tottenham Hotspurs are reaping the fruits of stability and that the players are responding to the manager’s tactics.
Bentley said that Pochettino is a great manager and that he has good experience of the Premier League. The manager has found a system that work with the player at his disposal and that they are playing an attractive brand of football.
David Bentley said that Tottenham Hotspurs has some exciting English players such as Dele Ali and Harry Kane and that this is great news for the England side. He said that both players are still young and that they will improve in the future.
He said that Tottenham Hotspurs are becoming better every season and that it will not be long before they clinch the title.
Bentley also played for Arsenal, and he believes that the Gunners will not be consistent enough in order to win the title. He said that they had the best chance last season, but unfortunately they allow Leicester City to beat them.
Former Arsenal, Tottenham, and West Ham midfielder David Bentley broke down in tears on Sky Sport while announcing his unexpected retirement at the age of 29.
David Bentley let the tears flow freely while admitting that his reasons for quitting the game was because he fell out of love with the game.
The retired English international during his playing days had won seven caps for his national team but had failed to play even a single game when he joined the Russian club Rostov. Bentley said; “I’ve given up football.”
“I’ve taken the decision to take my life in a different direction,” the former English international added.
When asked what he intends to do after retirement, he had this to say “I’ve just had baby twins, three months old, and I’ve got a little four-year-old and I want to focus on that.” He revealed that his love for the game had dropped and he didn’t want to keep on playing because of the money. Bentley further stated that although he enjoyed every minute and smiles the game brought him, yet still he does not want to take his family to a place he didn’t want to be.
The former Arsenal and West Ham midfielder, who was tipped to make it to the zenith of the sport in his early sporting days, cost Tottenham a whopping £15 million from Blackburn in 2008. He said he had no regrets leaving the sport but he believes the game has changed.
Although it remains such sad news to see David Bentley leave the great fun fair of the football arena, fans would definitely cherish the unforgettable memories which David Bentley had brought to the game. Bentley remains a player that would be missed, but then we wish him all the very best in his future endeavors.
David Bentley recently talked about his past football life and touched on some of the mistakes which he felt should have been avoided while he was at the peak of his playing career.
The former Arsenal and Tottenham midfielder hay stated that his decision to leave Arsenal was one that shouldn’t have been made and which he regrets up to this moment. He even went further to brand himself a “prick” for having left Arsenal
Bentley had left the Gunners back in 2006 to join up with rival club, Blackburn before making another move to Tottenham for a fee of £15m in 2008.
The midfielder who became famous for a goal he scored against Arsenal for Tottenham Hotspurs, having volleyed the ball from a 40 yards distance to find its way over Manuel Almunia and into the back of the net, spoke in a chat with FourFourTwo. He had this to say,
“I loved Arsene Wenger. He’s probably the best manager I ever came across. The dressing room at Arsenal was fantastic – a great laugh. I bet they miss that now. The manager wasn’t really the type to join in, although he probably laughed when I told him I was leaving.
“Why do you want to leave here, you pr*ck?!” But I just couldn’t wait to play. I didn’t stay that long.
“I feared for my future. I’m, sure there are youngsters at clubs today with the same fears.”
Bentley, who was once considered a natural heir to David Beckham however entered his resignation from active football after struggling over at Tottenham and getting loaned out to different clubs such like West Ham, Birmingham, Blackburn and FC Rostov. As a former England national midfielder, he had won a total of seven caps for England. He retired at the age of 29.