Arsenal fans outraged on Twitter again, as Wenger admits Bendtner could play this season

Nicklas Bendtner Arsenal

Arsene Wenger has admitted Nicklas Bendtner could be a feature of the Arsenal first team this season.

Eintracht Frankfurt, Malaga, FC Utrecht, Hamburg SV, FC Basel, Hull City, Crystal Palace … have I missed anyone out, probably, but it doesn’t matter - because none of these teams will be getting their grubby mits on this Arsenal striker if Arsene Wenger has anything to say about it.

But, don’t get too excited - because the player in question is a rather universally unpopular Arsenal striker … Nicklas Bendtner.

Here is what Wenger had to say about the Danish forward today, as it looks increasingly likely that he will be staying at The Emirates this summer:

‘’The chance for him to leave now is very small and if he comes back well and gets fit, I will use him. We will not panic buy, that is for sure. You can believe me. It is not my strength to panic.’’

Which has left the majority of Arsenal fans around the globe with their faces slapping their hands Homer Simpson style.

Bendtner is a divisive character, and ever since he said some nonsense about being the best player in the world after a moderately successful loan spell with Birmingham City - the finger pointing has begun.

Relationships with Danish socialites have not helped him go under the radar, while his arrest for driving down the wrong way of a Copenhagen high-way whilst drunk recently added to his party-boy image. It also lost him the respect of the Danish public and football association - who banned him for six months.

But it could have been going so well this time last year. He performed well toward the end of his loan spell with Sunderland and was excellent at Euro 2012. But both of these positives were again tinged with a negative. He missed the bus for The Mackems final game of the season and put an end to any hope of a permanent move to the North East.

As for Euro 2012 - well who can forget the Paddy Power Boxer Shorts saga that had everyone in UEFA in a paddy of their own.

Last season, after Juventus missed out on the likes of Fernando Llorente, Robin Van Persie, Stevan Jovetic, Dimitar Berbatov and quite frankly every striker made available last summer - they moved on to their self-proclaimed plan Z - Bendtner.

He then went on to tear more thigh muscles then goals he scored or shirts he sold - in a woefully forgettable loan spell.

Unsurprisingly, Juve did not exercise their right to buy him this summer.

But, despite not scoring a goal for Arsenal since a hat-trick against Leyton Orient in March 2011, it now appears he has yet one last chance to be a success at The Emirates.

And the news has been greeted with the quite predictable Twitter meltdown of Arsenal fans - who cannot believe that just a few weeks after being ‘on the verge’ of signing Luis Suarez - that Nicklas Bendtner could now be their man.

Yesterday Arsenal fans were up in arms about the re-signing of Mathieu Flamini, and the day before they were aghast at the Tottenham Hotspur signing of Erik Lamela.

And until Wenger and co actually start spending some money you have to feel that every day will bring with it just another mass Twitter outburst from the Arsenal faithful.

Here are some of the Tweets, with the final one really summing this scenario up …

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

Register for ARSENAL team updates

Register for HITC Sport - Daily Dispatch