It isn’t just 99% of Arsenal fans who want Nicklas Bendtner to leave the club in January, with Denmark manager Morten Olsen heaping pressure on the striker to leave the Emirates in a bid to find regular first team football. While throwing £1 on Bendtner to score anytime is still a tempting offer for a lot of Betfair customers throughout the land, it hasn’t helped the Dane’s hopes of establishing himself as a Gunner.
Tipped by the football betting to be right up there in contention for the Premier League title this season, Arsenal look as though they will be in the market for a new striker in January, which would further restrict Bendtner’s already limited playing time.
The Danish forward had been expected to leave north London in the summer on a permanent move after spending the last two seasons on loan at Sunderland and Juventus, neither successfully. But despite a series of clubs interested in signing Bendtner, the striker found himself still an Arsenal player by the time the summer transfer window closed.
While Arsene Wenger insisted the 25-year old still had a chance of being a success at the club, the Dane has made just seven club appearances in all competitions so far this season and remains on the periphery of the Arsenal squad and still likely to be on the move in January.
Bendtner’s only goals this season have come for Denmark when he scored twice in a World Cup qualifying 2-2 draw against Italy in October – and his national team boss Olsen believes the striker’s career is being held back by remaining at Arsenal. Olsen said:
“Bendtner scored two great goals for us in the game against Italy, but there were also things he lacked in the match and this only comes through playing games. It is for this reason that he should find something new this winter,”
Whether or not Bendtner has been given a fair crack of the whip at Arsenal isn’t really here or there, the fact is that the Dane is never going to be a success at the Emirates and he really should be looking at swallowing his pride and admitting he needs to step down a level if he is going to play regular football.