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Drogba turning back the clock

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By ESPN Staff
Nov 22, 2008

Bent: Spurs stars overheard Gunners bust-up

Tottenham striker Darren Bent can trace Arsenal's turmoil back to when he heard Arsene Wenger's players bickering among themselves before they "crumbled'' against their rivals last month.

Gunners skipper William Gallas this week revealed the dressing-room arguments during the 4-4 draw at the Emirates Stadium, just one of the recent revelations from the Frenchman that have appeared to destabilise Wenger's squad.

Bent could hear the arguing from Arsenal before Spurs snatched two goals at the death to deal a famous result.

"It's not that hard to feel the tension between them and we knew that something was going on,'' Bent said.

"We always felt at 4-3 that if we could get the ball in the box one more time they'd crumble and luckily enough that happened.

"You could definitely hear the players arguing between themselves but we were just focusing on what we had to do and we put them under pressure and got our rewards.''

Arsenal had already lost to Hull and Fulham at that stage of the campaign, but Gallas' comments have made the Spurs draw symbolic of the problems Wenger faces. Spurs, in contrast, won four on the trot after that result.

"If there's something going on in their dressing room then that's something they need to address themselves,'' Bent said.

"As far as our dressing room is concerned everybody's happy, everybody's upbeat and looking forward to the next game.

"Maybe once you get under their skin and play as well as we did, it's always going to frustrate you and obviously it got to them.''

Bent is enjoying his run in the team following the departures of Dimitar Berbatov and Robbie Keane in the summer.

With 11 goals, he has scored more times this season than Berbatov and Keane put together, and has earned a recall to the England squad.

Only the slippery conditions in Berlin prevented him scoring against Germany on Wednesday, with the 24-year-old losing his footing after he rounded goalkeeper Tim Wiese.

Bent is determined to bounce back after the miss and wants to seize his opportunity as Harry Redknapp's frontline striker and help fans forget about Berbatov and Keane.

Bent, who insists he never thought of leaving White Hart Lane despite his limited opportunities previously, said: "They are massive boots to fill. They both scored a lot of goals for Tottenham last season and Jermain Defoe did as well.

"I want to do as well as them if not better and score as many goals as I can and show people that I can fill the gap left by them.

"Keane and Berba were fantastic strikers but they're not here anymore and it's a new season. You can't go on and on about them.

"We know what they did for the club but we've got to move on with the players we've got.''

Since his appointment as manager last month, Redknapp has got Bent and his other England players back in form and pushing for recalls to Fabio Capello's squad.

David Bentley, who faces his former club Blackburn this weekend, has returned to something like his best, while Jermaine Jenas and Jonathan Woodgate are also hoping to force their way back.

Tom Huddlestone's passing has also caught the eye since Redknapp's arrival.

"I said to Tom, 'you're our quarter-back','' Redknapp said. "Bent, (Roman) Pavlyuchenko, (Fraizer) Campbell and (Aaron) Lennon are the receivers.

"When he gets the ball we need movement because he picks out the pass.

"From the first game, against Bolton, I've been so impressed with him.''

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