Arsene Wenger says that the fact Nicklas Bendtner injured himself today doesn’t mean he’ll go immediately looking for a solution in the transfer market.
TGSTEL opened the scoring for the Gunners in the 89th minute of the 2-0 win over Cardiff, but got injured when David Marshall, the Bluebirds keeper, landed on his ankle.
Asked afterwards if his absence, along with that of Olivier Giroud – who many feel needs some help anyway – would spark some transfer activity, Wenger said, “I don’t know, it doesn’t mean we go straight from Nicklas’ ankle straight to the transfer market. It means that we have Giroud and Bendtner out.
“Unfortunately it looks like it is not a question of days, but weeks, with a sprained ankle. I am very sad for us, but for him as well.”
Wenger also praised Bendtner’s attitude after a time in his career when his professionalism has been found wanting at times.
“I never give up on people because you always have to give them credit. I know the expression of the fans is only the diagnosis of the day, the photo of the day. They are always ready to change their mind if you put the effort and the performance in.
“He is a player who has gone through some difficult periods so I just want to give him great credit. I told him already today that he is back to the level I want him to be at, and if he continues to develop like that he will come back into the team.”
Of course the window has just opened and the manager is going to give nothing away about any potential transfer plans (if he has any!). We suspect he’ll see what the prognosis is over Bendtner’s ankle first, because he does sound as if he wants to give him a chance.