David Bentley makes a Blackburn Rovers return

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David Bentley has rejoined Blackburn Rovers on loan from Tottenham for the rest of the season and could face the club with whom he started his career, Arsenal, in the FA Cup today.

Spurs signed the midfielder from Rovers for £15m in July 2008 but he failed to establish himself at White Hart Lane and has had loan spells with Birmingham City, West Ham and Russian club FC Rostov.

Blackburn's new manager Michael Appleton has also signed Manchester City's teenage defender Karim Rekik on loan for the remainder of the season in time to play in the fifth round at the Emirates.

Blackburn will scent the chance of an upset, as Arsène Wenger will rest first-choice players. The Arsenal manager admits that finishing fourth in the Premier League is his priority, and he has a Champions League tie with Bayern Munich on Tuesday night.

"I just want to win," Wenger said yesterday. "The players who will not start are the players who have played many games recently."