Nicklas Bendtner has stressed that he’ll do his utmost to help Arsenal this season despite being very disappointed at not sealing a move away from the club.
The 25-year-old held talks with a number of clubs across Europe during the transfer window but ultimately failed to agree personal terms before Arsene Wenger pulled the plug on a last minute deal with Crystal Palace having failed to line up a replacement.
Speaking via International Football Management, the Dane explained:
“It’s no secret that Arsenal and myself had agreed that I could leave the club during the 2013 summer transfer window subject to an agreement between all parties.
“An agreement had been reached with more than one club this week but as Arsenal were unable to secure the services of another striker, they reserved their right to not sanction any deal to be concluded…
“Naturally, I was very disappointed as I was looking forward to a new challenge, with a new club and a fresh start in English football.
“Many things have been said about my where my future lies after many years at Arsenal; the truth is I just want to play football which is when I’m happiest and Arsenal is a fantsstic environment for any professional to apply their trade.
“I still feel very strongly about Arsenal Football Club and following positive talks with the Manager, I am looking forward to working hard to regain full fitness and doing my very best to help to the team and the Manager fulfil our objectives and ambitions this season.
“I’ve learnt a lot from my loan experiences at Sunderland and Juventus and I want to assure all Arsenal fans that I will give everything I have to contribute to what I believe will be a successful season for the club.”
It’s a welcome attempt to build bridges after a summer in which he’s done himself few favours…the best thing he can do is knuckle down, get fit, hope for a few minutes and plan for a January loan exit before his contract ends next summer.