Guest Post: By Michael van Beek
Arsenal’s unpopular striker Nicklas Bendtner has unveiled many times that he is expecting to get away from Arsenal on a permanent move many times - but when will it actually happen?
The Dane has wasted each of the last 2 seasons out on loan. He had a somewhat productive season with Sunderland, but made the decision to set his sights higher for the year 2012/2013.
Bendtner secured an impressive loan-transfer to Italian champions Juventus, but had a devastating year in Italy. Competition for places and injuries limited him to a few games. Bendtner was in danger to become football’s forgotten man.
Bendtner’s Arsenal employment was seemingly over this summer season when he said he would be abandoning the club, however Arsene Wenger was ineffective to bring in an additional striker which meant it was essential for him to continue to keep Nicklas Bendtner as alternative for Olivier Giroud.
The Denmark international – who has 56 international games to his name – was also advised by Denmark coach Morton Olsen to abandon the club if given the opportunity, putting additional media attention in his country.
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Back in the 2013 summer transfer window, the attacker is quoted by the Metro, saying that he would be giving up the London-based club in the next three weeks.
“I am talking with five or six clubs at the moment over a permanent transfer. Things are agreed with Arsenal and I will decide which club I sign for in the next three weeks”, he is quoted as saying.
The move of course, didn’t happen. But with the 2014 January transfer window drawing closer, is Bendtner’s time finally up?
If the “Great Dane” would go away, it would leave Arsenal shorter than ever up top but is it really worth having Bendtner as a solution at all? Of course Theo Walcott can perform up front and Lukas Podolski is getting close to a return, putting Bendtner down to 4th option in the pecking order.
What’s your opinion? If Bendtner would leave, is it a good thing or a bad thing?
This article has been researched and written by Michael van Beek, chief Editor at transferrumours.net Transfer rumours keeps track of all transfer news and rumours from around the world.