The Danish international was widely expected to be sold this summer with the likes of Hull City, Crystal Palace, Eintracht Frankfurt and FC Basel just some of the teams interested in snapping him up from the Gunners this summer.
However Arsene Wenger could not acquire a replacement in time for the Dane, who spent the last two seasons away from the club with loan spells at Sunderland and Juventus.
Bendtner has been out of shape, but is on the verge of completing a gruelling two week boot camp while a broken bone in his wrist is no longer an issue.
He will return to full training this week and could even start the game against Premier League opposition - as Wenger rings the changes.
Long term Arsenal target Abel Hernandez is being lined up by Liverpool for a shock January swoop. The Uruguayan was linked with Arsenal on deadline day but the forward instead hedged his bets on a move to Genoa - which could not be finalised before the deadline.
Palermo now play in Serie B and Hernandez is said to be fearful that playing in the second tier could affect his chances of playing at the World Cup in Brazil - should Uruguay qualify for the competition.
Arsenal’s interest now seems to be dead for the injury prone attacker, and Liverpool are considering teaming him up with compatriot Luis Suarez at Anfield.
Some news coming in from overnight now, starting with the case of Alex Song. The Cameroonian only left Arsenal for Barcelona last summer but he is now set to request a move away from Catalonia in January.
The deep lying midfielder can barely get a game at the Nou Camp and a move to Manchester United or potential Emirates return has been mooted - as well as interest from AC Milan.
Finally, and Wenger agrees with Theo Walcott’s recent statement that the club are title contenders this season:
"If you look at the numbers, away from home we have been remarkably consistent. At home we want to create the same consistency. I believe we have a chance and what is most important is that my full energy is to make sure we grab that chance. It is too early to say who will be in the fight, who will not be in the fight.’’
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