The story of Nicklas Bendtner’s night in Copenhagen is one that raised some laughs and some eyebrows, but it’s one that has landed him in deep trouble with Arsenal.
Danish tabloid BT claimed that Arsenal had asked their lawyers if they could terminate the Dane’s contract ahead of its expiration this summer, although that seems to be based on ‘British press sources’.
There might have been some sympathy for Bendtner due to his lack of involvement in the playing squad on Tuesday night, especially with Yaya Sanogo injured and no striker on the bench. Today, however, former Gunner John Jensen told Danish TV station TV6 that it was Bendtner himself who claimed to have a knee injury which ruled him out of making the trip to Munich.
As such, he should have been at the club for treatment on Wednesday morning, but instead flew to Copenhagen where the alleged incident with the taxi driver took place.
Having recovered some goodwill due a couple of important goals and what looked like an improved, more mature attitude this season – especially under relatively difficult circumstances (both Bendtner and Arsenal would have been quite happy to part ways permanently in any of the last three summers) – the Dane looks to have undone that completely with his latest escapade.
Somewhere in there is a good footballer, but his career has been hampered by a self-destructive streak, which shows no signs of abating.
It seems unlikely that Arsenal will terminate his contract before the summer. With injuries the way they are, it would be difficult to do away with any option, even if it is one that would only be a last resort.
Thanks to @PESLDK for the Jensen info