Wednesday 28 June 2017

Spurs will end Gunners' title tilt - Bentley

Former Arsenal and Spurs midfielder David Bentley. Photo: Morgan Treacy/INPHO
Former Arsenal and Spurs midfielder David Bentley. Photo: Morgan Treacy/INPHO

Michael Verney

Today's North London showdown against Tottenham will signal the end of Arsenal's Premier League title hopes, according to former Spurs winger David Bentley

Both sides lost ground on leaders Leicester City with abject displays on Wednesday evening but Bentley believes Spurs will regain their momentum and condemn Arsene Wenger's side to also-ran status yet again.

"What has happened for the past 10 years seems to be happening again. Arsenal don't seem to have the steel to finish it off. They will certainly be hurting more because losing to Swansea at home just isn't good enough," he said.

"If you want to challenge for the title you can't play like that, particularly after a poor performance at Old Trafford last weekend; this game is now even more critical.

"It'll be tense but for me it's either a draw or a Spurs win. I just don't see Arsenal doing it on current form. Spurs have got good players playing well but they're also solid and don't give too much away."

Bentley feels that the surface has only been scratched with regards to the talent of Spurs midfielder Dele Alli and he has no doubt that he can star for England at the European Championship finals.

"He's got more in the locker," Bentley said. "He's showing such a level of intelligence which is why he's going to be a great player and he's going to have 15 seasons playing at the top level.

"He's probably got 40pc more in him. He's got tricks, he can showboat all day long but he doesn't because he's showing maturity, showing a 28 or 29-year-old's maturity. Next season will be even better.

"I'd imagine he has to start for England. He goes on the pitch and is man of the match, cuts someone in half to win the ball, and knocks it into the corner from 30 yards. That's a sign of a great player, to do it when it matters."

Irish Independent

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