Nicklas Bendtner’s future at Arsenal has been in doubt all summer. It’s just been a case of finding him a club that he wants to join. The Danish striker hasn’t played a first-team game for the club since 2011 and has been sent out on loan to Sunderland and Juventus for the past two seasons.
Today at his pre-match press conference, Arsene Wenger said that it was unlikely he would be leaving the club this summer. The manager was quoted as saying the following:
“The chances for him to leave now are very small. If he does not leave and prepares well, and is fit, really fit, then I will use him. He is not training at the moment because he is coming back from injury and is not ready to integrate into the training sessions.” – Arsene Wenger on Nicklas Bendtner’s future.
So having let this news sink in on my way back home from work, I sat down to eat my dinner tonight in front of the television. I had Sky Sports News on to catch up on all the other transfer news and sports news in general. As I was eating dinner, it came up with breaking news saying that Crystal Palace were in talks over a possible deal that would see Bendtner move to Selhurst Park.
There has been a fair bit of talk in the papers in recent days about this and the talk is hotting up as the deadline approaches. Wenger saying he would use Bendtner in our first-team is ridiculous. The man never was good enough for Arsenal, not worthy of the £52,000 he is reportedly earning from the club and the thought of him being back in the first-team is a horrible one for the majority of Arsenal fans.
I really would like to see him go to Palace. They’ve already done us a huge favour by signing Marouane Chamakh on a free this summer and if they took Bendtner off of our hands, I’d be absolutely delighted. With Bendtner having turned down a Europa League team in Frankfurt, it wouldn’t make much sense for him to join a team that will most likely be fighting relegation this season. However, if possible, I would certainly be happy if him and Palace could come to an agreement!.
The thought does cross my mind – Why am I still writing about Nicklas Bendtner in 2013?. I was hoping he’d be gone a long, long time ago.