Arsenal can use flop to sign Liverpool target

Nicklas Bendtner Arsenal

Nicklas Bendtner looks set to leave Arsenal this summer with some reports suggesting Frankfurt as a possible destination.

There are many good reasons Arsenal fans should hope Frankfurt are seriously interested because they have a player who could drastically improve the defence of the current side.

Carlos Zambrano was being tipped as a possible defensive replacement for Jamie Carragher at Liverpool towards the back end of last season and he’s certainly a player who could do a job in Arsenal’s back four.

If Bendtner was looking to revitalise his Arsenal career with that spell at Juventus last season then he seriously underperformed and didn’t really do anything to convince Arsene Wenger that the Gunners have to hang onto him.

Bendtner’s attitude, consistency and overall quality as a centre forward are just not good enough when it comes to an Arsenal side, now well backed financially and looking to break the dominance of the Manchester clubs next season.

Zambrano is certainly a player they would push for if the deal for Bendtner to Frankfurt is realistically on the cards.

He started all games he played for the German side in the Bundesliga last season and was only take off on three occasions.

He’s also around the perfect sort of age for the club when it comes to building the next transition of the team for Arsene Wenger.

At just 23, they can tie him down on a long term deal and get the best out of him as he heads towards his peak years.

Most importantly his numbers as a defender are solid. He’s got a good passing success rate, good discipline and he’s competitive in the air, all things that Wenger will be taking into consideration.

His contract is also due to expire in just two years time which means he’ll be cheaper than if he had three or four years left to run on his current deal.

Bendtner can be used as a valuable commodity in trying to do the swap deal and Wenger couldn’t be blamed for slapping some cash on top just to make sure they get the player.

It also represents the chance to do an easy but clever bit if business for the Gunners because in terms of the clubs that have been linked with Zambrano in the past, Arsenal are by far the biggest side.

That means it shouldn’t be too difficult for them to get him and his agent to tip the balance in their favour when it comes to being able to talk to him over a possible move and eventually to do the deal.

The Gunners have a great opportunity to get rid of someone who doesn’t have a future with the club and sign someone who could become a fantastic Premier League centre back.

Could Zambrano do a job for the Gunners? Is he worth trading Bendtner for?

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