It is not news that Nicklas Bendtner is on his way out of the Emirates. He was indeed sad not to have left Arsenal on the last day of last summer and he was vocal about it.
Arrogant or self-confident? Mad or simply misunderstood? Everyone seems to have an opinion on Bendtner. The Great Dane have been more prolific in the Reds of Denmark than Arsenal. 24 goals each for club and country but 56 matches played for country and 106 for Arsenal.
The Danish Forward has scored two goals in 14 games for Arsenal with only two starts; same amount of goals he has scored for Denmark in 2 games after returning from suspension. Goals against Hull City and Cardiff City looked to have put Bendtner back in Wenger’s favour.
However an ankle injury sustained in that match against the Bluebirds on New Year’s Day as well as a return to fitness for Sanogo has seen the Dane fall behind in the pecking order and look all-but certain to leave when his contract expires in the summer.
But having had a rare outing in Denmark’s 1-0 defeat to England at Wembley last night, Bendtner is hoping his display against the Three Lions proved to Wenger he can contribute to the Gunners’ title challenge before the season is over.
After the Dane played an hour against England at Wembley on Wednesday night, he said:
“I am trying to keep myself as fit and sharp as possible. It is difficult when you only train, but I hope to play more, obviously.
“You can train as much as you like, but there is a big difference between training a lot and playing games on a regular basis.
“I could feel within myself that I have not played in a long time, but I am looking to make the change.”
Arsenl have 10 games more to win the Premier League, 3 more (including tomorrow’s game against Everton) to win the FA Cup and must overturn a 2-0 home loss in the Champions League to holders Bayern Munich on Tuesday. The gunners will need all their Arsenal as they seek to finish this season strong with a silverware.
Arteta had this to say after Bendtner engineered the gunners to 2-0 win over Cardiff City:
“He is part of this team and he’s worked hard,”
“His attitude has been spot on since I’ve been here and he knows that he has to wait for his time, Olivier [Giroud] has been doing really well.
“We need people like him to help the team when he’s needed.”
Will Bendtner make his marks within this games? Will he score that winning goal? That may be too much to ask, but it is up to Wenger to decide. And He, Bendtner, believes that Arsenal will win something this season.
I trully hope he does.