It’s becoming glaringly obvious that Arsenal front man Nicklas Bendtner has no future in North London with the Gunners and things are starting to go from bad to worse for him after Denmark coach Morten Olsen told him he needs to find a new club before he’ll be considered for the national side.
Bendtner’s spell at Juventus last season didn’t exactly go the way he would have liked it, as he failed to score for the club in Serie A meaning he went back to Arsenal having done nothing to convince Arsene Wenger that he was worth hanging onto.
So far this summer Bendtner has been linked with a couple of Bundesliga moves, most notably Eintracht Frankfurt and Hamburg, with nothing materialising from talks between the clubs and his representatives.
Until he finds a new club, Olsen has made it very clear that things for him in terms of international football are going to look just as bleak as the prospects of his career at Arsenal.
“We know the Nicklas has a slightly different body than Lars Jacobsen, so he must be in a different playing and physical shape, so he’s obviously not in form,” said Olsen.
The only way that Bendtner can get that fitness and form back is by joining a new side, but there is a glimmer of hope for him on the horizon.
There are lingering rumours that La Liga side Malaga may be prepared to take a risk with him and Dutch side FC Twente have also been suggested as a possible club as they look to fill the void created by the departure of attacking players.
Bendtner has been heavily criticised in the past for his attitude to professional football, perhaps a little bit of arrogance expecting things to fall into place for him because he hit the ground running with Arsenal at such an early stage.
If he wants to revitalise his career and has that real, deep entrenched passion to do just that then there is a clear blueprint for him to follow.
Olsen has suggested he won’t get anywhere near the Danish national team until he’s in form and playing regularly, which is not going to happen with the Gunners.
Bendtner would be well advised to get his people to get a move sorted for him as quickly as possible, as long as it’s in the top flight of an established European league and a club where he’ll have a good crack at regular first team football.
“[On Bendtner’s inclusion in the near future] I don’t know, there will hopefully be something relating to his club situation. We hope that everything will come together for him,” added Olsen.
That’s the point. The hope and expectation in relation to Bendtner’s talent is still there. It’s now all down to him as a professional.
What do you think? Can Bendtner work his way back into the Danish side?
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