By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger is not surprised by Jay Bothroyd’s resurgence at Cardiff City, describing the striker as one of the “biggest talents at the Club” during his time at Arsenal.

Bothroyd, who joined the Bluebirds for £350,000 from Wolves in the summer, was part of the Arsenal Under-18 side that reached the FA Youth Cup Final in 2000.

However, the youngster decided to try his hand elsewhere after what Wenger described as a “misunderstanding”, joining Coventry City in 2000. Since then the 26-year-old has endured a nomadic existence turning out for seven clubs, including Perugia and Blackburn Rovers.

The cultured striker seems to have settled well in his first six months in South Wales, something that the Arsenal manager expected.

“He was one of the biggest talents we had here as a striker,” said Wenger ahead of Sunday’s FA Cup tie. “He left here on a misunderstanding at the time.

“I think he always had that confidence and the little bit of arrogance as a striker that they have sometimes. But he had always a massive talent.

“We are not surprised that when they become a little bit more settled, that talent comes out.”

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23 Jan 2009