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