How Arsenal could end up being stuck with Bendtner

Arsenal may end up being stuck with striker Nicklas Bendtner after Frankfurt aired concerns over his salary demands.

It’s become obvious that the Danish striker doesn’t have any sort of future at Arsenal while Arsene Wenger is at the club.

That’s prompted the club to put him up for sale and they had no problem when Frankfurt came in with interest, looking to sign him on a permanent deal ahead of the new season.

There would have been cheers from the Arsenal fans who never rated Bendtner and wanted him moved on, but those cheers could now turn to horror because he could end up back at the Emirates Stadium.

“One knows the complexity of the story. Now it is up to us. We need to check whether it is financially feasible. With Arsenal there are no problems,” Frankfurt Sporting Director Bruno Hubner told Frankfurter Rundschau.

The problem as things stand is that Bendtner’s Arsenal contract is worth a reported €4 million per year, which is well over double what the highest earning players at the German club earn; around the €1.8 million mark.

Bendtner is thought to be willing to accept a pay cut of €1.2 million which would see him on a salary of €2.8 million on signing for Frankfurt.

However, that provides a world of problems for the German team which they don’t seem to be ready to let develop over the course of the summer, heading into next season.

The first problem it creates is that long serving, more productive and more effective players will all start asking for pay rises.

Frankfurt are a business just like any other professional football club and putting Bendtner on a bigger contract will ultimately make their other players more expensive when it comes to contract renewals.

If they pay Bendtner more but are unwilling to pay other players more, those players will just walk which leaves the club at a disadvantage in terms of personnel.

The second problem relates to Bendtner’s personality and the reputation he has and a concern that these qualities could create divisions within the dressing room that are difficult to manage.

It all adds up to the parties concerned needing to reach a compromise if Bendtner is going to leave the Gunners for the Bundesliga, because a record of nine games without a goal for Juventus last season is hardly going to draw in the buyers.

Would you be happy or rather unhappy to see Bendtner back at Arsenal?

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