Arsene Wenger doesnâ€™t make too many mistakes in the transfer market â€“ if heâ€™s not moulding tomorrowâ€™s stars from unknowns, heâ€™s letting big names go before anyone else knew they were past their best.
But, the bitter jeers that greeted David Bentleyâ€™s return to North London during Arsenalâ€™s game against Blackburn last night suggest that heâ€™s a player that may have slipped under Wengerâ€™s radar.
Bentley has been inspiring for Blackburn this season after making just one Premier League start for the Gooners during five years at the club. And 54% of Pies readers edged him ahead of David Beckham in our recent poll to find Englandâ€™s best right midfielder.
Wenger has admitted that Bentley has grown to become a â€˜great playerâ€™ and cited Dennis Bergkampâ€™s presence at the club as the reason to let him go. But with the non-flying Dutchman gone and Robin Van Persie consistently injured â€“ was Wenger right to let Bentley leave?