After watching the England game last night I started to think how is it that Upson and Bentley could get into the England team and not the Arsenal?
Fabio Capello seems to have rated them highly enough to start with them both in his first England team so was Arsene Wenger wrong to let them both leave the club and not giving them more playing time?
Matthew Upson : 1997-2003 – 35 League games
He joined Arsenal in May 1997 in a £2 million deal,Very injury prone at Arsenal and never really got a run of games under his belt. Saying that I do feel he should of been given more games ahead of Cygan and Stepanovos.
Sold to Birmingham £1m 2003
Verdict : Wenger was right in selling him at the time,But he has improved since leaving the club. I do feel he is a better player then Senderos and Djourou
David Bentley : 2001- 2006 – 8 games 1 goal
Bentley’s first and only goal for Arsenal came in a 4-1 win at home to Middlesbrough in January 2004,The goal was a outstanding lob and earned comparisons with Arsenal legend Dennis Bergkamp. After that Bentley was sent out on loan and never got a sniff of the first team.
Sold to Blackburn Rovers £1.5m 2006
Verdict : Wenger has not done many things wrong in his time at Arsenal but letting this player leave was a huge clanger.
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