Bendtner: I’m off in the summer


It’s hardly news that will shock or surprise anyone but Nicklas Bendtner has confirmed he’ll be bringing his Arsenal tenure to an end this summer.

The Dane is out of contract in June, and will become a free agent when his deal expires, bringing to an end an … er … eventful 9 year association with the club.

The 26 year old spoke to the Danish press before their game against England at Wembley tomorrow night and talked about his future and lack of playing time at the moment.

Asked if he might stay, he said, “It’s not the plan. I intend to try something else. I am open to all countries. It’s not that I think I must stay in England.

“The most important thing is that I get to play. It is imperative that I get real playing time.”

With his future obvious, Arsene Wenger has chosen to blood Yaya Sanogo instead of the more experienced Bendtner, but TGSTEL says, “I’m ready to play, but the situation is unfolding right now, means I do not get the expected time.

“I do not know how I rank in Wenger’s plans.”

I think recent selections have shown that he ranks below Sanogo who is below Giroud but maybe Wenger would prefer Bendtner over Podolski. Some might speculate the Dane might have done better with the late chance presented to Sanogo at Stoke, but it’s a moot point really.

It wouldn’t be any surprise if he did manage to make a headline or two before his departure though.


    • In my biased opinion I find it weird that he hasn’t played more this season – especially considering our lack of options to Giroud. Think he’s looked sharp enough when he’s played (ignoring the league cup tie against Chelski!) and yes – he would have scored against Stoke 😉

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    • Some would say he is already off .
      Good luck and Goodbye to the Great Dane.

      The Greatest Dane to ever live.

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    • Not the best player, but whats with all the Bendtner hating? He’s scored some really important goals for us over the years. I could care less if he makes headlines or not. Good luck elsewhere sir!

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  1. With Park hopefully leaving there will be space to bring in two strikers. A well established stiker and Joel should do the trick. Bendtner has given us some good moments this season.

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    • Perhaps he wanted to wait and see if he did have a future at Arsenal. It is very clear now (after Sanogo’s starts) that he doesn’t.

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  2. Tbh Bendtner is a better finisher than Sanogo (yes) so I was wondering why he wasn’t brought on. Sanogo is a nightmare for defenders physically, which is good but not really what we needed against Stoke.

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    • Well, since Giroud couldn’t handle the bullying by the orcs, maybe Sanogo was exactly what we needed from the start against Stoke?

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      • NB has missed open goals before now (and scored some good ones as well)!.
        Give YS a few more games before hitting him with the ‘not as good as Bendtner’ tag!

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  3. Some would say he is already off .
    Good luck and Goodbye to the Great Dane.

    The Greatest Dane to ever live.

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  4. Watch Real Madrid bid 100 million pounds for TGSTEL in the summer window. Having said that, I’m sure he’ll do better in a slower league where technique is valued more than actually giving a f**k, and being a professional. So Spain, Italy and Greece or all possibilities.

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  5. he keeps saying he is leaving but nobody wants him (apart from Palace when Holloway was there, now Pulis is manager he won’t wont him). It has been realy hard getting rid of him. even when he had a good euros no one wanted him

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  6. It’s a shame it hasn’t worked out. I had high hopes for him and Arturo Lupoli when they formed that partnership in their youth days. In many ways Lupoli was the one people thought would make the breakthrough but he’s now a plumber in Sardinia which tells you everything you need to know about how difficult football is. Not that there’s anything wrong with being a plumber, it’s a fine trade and everyone needs their waterworks and drains to be in tip-top order otherwise you get blockages and that can lead to bad smells. I remember years back noticing a particularly pungent odour in my bathroom and having to get Dynorod out to have a look. After some exploration in my drains and those of my neighbours they discovered that Paul Daniels was living in the sewers underneath my house after a blazing row with the lovely Debbie McGee. She kicked him out of their luxury mansion and he was too ashamed to book into a hotel so he spent his days scurrying through the waste pipes, foraging for bits of food to keep him going but mostly he just ended up covered in poo. They reconciled some days later but not before he’d had a good long shower!

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  7. Well we needed him to stay, and he play a part in the season.

    Cardiff 2-0 remains one of the best games I have watched at the Emirates this season, for all its excitement. Bendtner’s goal was like fairytale stuff. (I think it’s even better than beating Sp*rs in the FA Cup, because that was too easy).

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  8. The shame about Bendtner is that there is probably a decent player inside him trying to get out. He was never a fantastic natural talent but he was the kind of player who needed to really apply himself if he was going to make it. Sadly, his attitude stank to high hell.

    Wenger’s asinine decision to award the Dane with a very generous contract before he had done anything of note didn’t help. The playboy Prince of Denmark’s head swelled to twice its natural size and he lost the motivation to improve his talents. He should have been kept hungry.

    It wouldn’t surprise me if Nicholas went to a mid-table Premier league side and had a few good seasons: like I said, he has the ability. It’s just sad that he’s wasted nine years of his career at Arsenal.

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  9. I think Nick would have scored the goal from the chance that Sanogo put over the bar on Saturday. Not a criticism of Sanogo, just going on how Nick took his goals against Hull and Cardiff. Both typical Striker finishes and I think he would have hit the back of net again but the boss has gone for Sanogo so hopefully he will start scoring soon.

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  10. Not the saddest news of the calendar year so far.
    Saying that im sure there will be olenty of non league vieing for his signature (scoff).

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  11. Don’t know why some people still hates him, I prefer him to Giroud.

    Good luck Bendtner wherever u may be going, we’ll miss our dear TGSTEL!

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  12. Never understood why wenger had Nick playing out right-wing though, a few years back. He may be many things, but a right winger he was not.

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  13. We don’t know what goes on in the dressing room, but NB was not popular with the other players and that’s huge on a team like Arsenal. I remember the time someone compared Szczesny’s attitude to Bendtner’s and the former corrected him: “I’m confident; Bendtner is arrogant.” The skills are obviously there, and he’s not afraid to put himself about. He had some awful luck with injuries, and when he was healthy, there was usually a hot striker that forced him out of the lineup. He may be a hit in France or Germany, and his Arsenal training would stand him in good stead in La Liga. I hope he does get that big breakthrough year he never got in London.

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  14. Top ten richest clubs (source, Bleacher report).

    10 AC Milan. Strikers? El Shaaraway. Ballotelli. Pazzini. Robinho. (worth 80m ish?)
    9 Juventus. Strikers? Tevez. Vucinic. Osvaldo. Llorente. Quagliawhatsit, Giovinco. (worth 70m ish?)
    8 Arsenal. Strikers? GIROUD, SANOGO, BENDTNER. (worth 25m ish?)
    7 Chelsea. Strikers. Torres. Ba. Eto’o. (worth 30m ish?)
    6 Man City. Strikers. Aguero, Dzeko, Negredo, Jovetic. (worth 140m ish?)
    5 PSG. Strikers? Ibra, Cavani, Lavezzi. (worth 120m ish?)
    4 Man Utd. Strikers. RVP, Rooney, Hernandez, Welbeck. (worth 90m ish?)
    3 Bayern Munich. Strikers? Mandzukic, Muller, Pizzaro (Lewandowski inc for next season). (Worth 110m ish?)
    2 Barcelona. Strikers? None really, these score the goals…Messi, Neymar, Sanchez, Tello, Pedro. (340m ish?)
    1 Real Madrid. Strikers? Ronaldo, Benzema, Jese, Morata. (160m ish?)

    Our striking line up is an embarrassment. Honestly, if Wenger doesn’t improve us in this area this summer I may just lose the plot with him.

    Good luck to NB anyhooz.

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    • I find that list totally irrelevant when you include müller and jesé as strikers at real madrid but excludes theo and poldi in ours..

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  15. Well, im allmost sorry to see him go. To bad he did not get that testimonial first. Haha. Would have been Epic.

    I also feel he should have got more of a chance to make the team this year with Giroud playing so bad over many games in a row. His season in general have been pretty bad. But it does not matter how poorly Giroud play’s, he seems to be untouchable in the first XI as long as he is fit. Giroud could probably show up drunk to a game, straight from a hotel after a long night screwing some Models and drinking heavily, and he would still make the team. Then he could follow up with a game where he spends most of his time on the sidelines puking his guts out, and he would still be in the team the following game. Atleast that is the impression i have got this season. Because many of his displays have been so poor that is is unbelieveable he was rewarded with another game afterwards while Bendtner and Poldi remained benched.

    How is he going to step up his game if there is no consequences for his performance?

    Anyway, good luck Lord Bendtner! Im sure we will meet again in the Champions League down the Line, and the script will probably have you knocking us out of the competition.

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  16. Give me a fit and on form bendtner over that prat giroud. He may have attitude problems, but this guy should’ve gotten more chances this season. i really don’t blame him; first he has chamakh chosen over him, then a mediocre giroud- you really can’t blame him. He’ll probably move to another team and thrive like carlos vela did while we stuck with “hfb” giroud.

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