You’re not the only one Nick. The great majority of Arsenal fans still can’t wait to see the back of you and were hoping that you’d finally be shipped out this summer.
The Gunners have undergone a massive culling, cutting ties with the likes of Andrey Arshavin, Denilson, Sebastien Squillaci, Gervinho, Johan Djourou Marouane Chamakh and others. Nicklas Bendtner’s name should have been on that list.
Indeed, of all the players listed, it is Bendtner who has the least ambition (barring, perhaps, Andrey Arshavin).
Bendtner was set to move to Crystal Palace on deadline day, but the Gunners vetoed the move after their own attempts to sign Chelsea striker Demba Ba on loan fell through.
Now Arsenal have a player on their hands who has never really been a top goal-scorer and doesn’t really want to be at the club.
Whilst at Arsenal, Bendtner only managed 22 goals in 99 appearances. At Sunderland he managed to grab 8 in 28 appearances and at Juventus last year, he played 9 times without scoring.
He started his career slowly and has produced diminishing returns ever since.
To be fair, Bendtner said all the right things throughout his statement. He was honest about wanting to leave the club, but seems to accept that it wasn’t to be this summer.
Most importantly, he makes it clear he’s not going to shirk his responsibility whilst he’s still here:
“I want to assure all Arsenal fans that I will give everything I have to contribute. Following positive talks with the manager, I am looking forward to working hard to regain full fitness and doing my very best to help the team and the manager fulfil our objectives and ambitions this season.”
Whilst I admire his attitude, I still doubt his ability to contribute over the course of a season. He’s quite clearly doesn’t have the level of quality necessary to play for the Gunners. I just hope he doesn’t become a laughing-stock.
His time at Arsenal has been over for a while and yet he still lingers like an unwelcome smell.
This begs the question: when are Arsenal going to clear the air and send him packing?
What’s your take? Will Nicklas Bendtner have a role to play this season?
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