Wenger: Bentley, please shut up!

Yesterday Blackburn Rovers star David Bentley created a sensation by publicly advising Arsenal youngster Theo Walcott to leave the Emirates. Today it is the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger who is hitting back at Bentley, a graduate of the Arsenal youth academy.

Wenger says:

I don’t give much importance to his opinion. Bentley is entitled to his opinions but it doesn’t mean he is right.

I don’t know why one player should incite another to leave his club. It’s not his job and I don’t know why he would do it.

When you’re at one of the biggest clubs in the world you have to accept competition. If you accept it, competition makes you better. If you move down, you’re not at the top.

People forget Theo is young. At 18, it is difficult to play for one of the world’s biggest clubs regularly. At the moment, he has one big quality — when he comes on, he makes a big impact. He’s not there completely when he starts, but it is transitional. Soon he will have exactly the same impact when he starts.

I signed Nicolas Anelka when he was 17-and-a-half and for the first four months he looked completely behind the team. Within another two months he was in front of Ian Wright.

Hard to argue with Wenger’s point of view really. You see, Theo Walcott is just 18 and he cannot play regularly at one of the top clubs in Europe at this age. Walcott needs to stay calm and patience about his chances at the Emirates.

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