The Danish striker has claimed that a move away from the north London side had been agreed, but Arsene Wenger cancelled it…
Arsenal fans are on a high right now after the memorable transfer deadline day capture of Mesut Ozil from Real Madrid. However, Danish misfit striker Nicklas Bendtner has somehow remained at the club, despite appearing to be surplus to requirements.
The forward has spent time on loan at Sunderland and Juventus and it was common knowledge that he was available for transfer this summer. Bendtner has explained that he had a deal to leave the Emirates Stadium sorted, with Crystal Palace the rumoured destination, only for the Gunners to inexplicably pull the plug.
"I want to assure all Arsenal fans that I will give everything I have to contribute,” he said.
"It's no secret that Arsenal and myself had agreed that I could leave the club during the 2013 summer transfer window subject to an agreement between all parties.
"An agreement had been reached with more than one club, but as Arsenal were unable to secure the services of another striker they reserved their right to not sanction any deal.
"I was looking forward to a new challenge, with a new club and a fresh start in English football.
"Many things have been said about my where my future lies after many years at Arsenal. The truth is I just want to play football which is when I'm happiest and Arsenal is a fantastic environment for any professional to apply their trade.
"Following positive talks with the manager, I am looking forward to working hard to regain full fitness and doing my very best to help the team and the manager fulfil our objectives and ambitions this season."
It is being widely reported that Jose Mourinho backed out of a deal to allow Demba Ba to move to the Gunners on loan, sparking Arsenal to refuse to sanction Bendtner’s departure.
Obviously, Bendtner will not play for Arsenal this season, right? Looking at the options Wenger has in attack, they are far from conclusive but there will need to be a dramatic twist in fate for Bendtner to step out for the club again.
Olivier Giroud is obviously the number one choice as the man furthest forward, but if anything was to happen to France international, Wenger would be distinctly short of options.
Theo Walcott could deputise but the England man is much more effective on the wing. Of the other contenders we have untested French youngster Yaya Sanogo, South Korean flop Park-Chu Young and, em, Bendtner. And that’s it.
Giroud has an important role to play for the Gunners this term, especially given the attacking talent that will be supplying him with chances. However, should the former Montpellier man get injured or be rested, Gunners fans could well be subjected to Bendtner as potentially the next in line.
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