It seems that almost through thick and thin that the Danish press will stick behind their star striker Nicklas Bendtner. You can see why, because the Bendtner who turns up for the national team must be some sort of imposter to the one who wears the red-and-white of Arsenal.
At least judging by the evidence of last night.
The last time the Danish press got a chance at watching Bendtner start a competitive game was for the national team against Italy in a World Cup qualifier - where he looked like a man possessed. He led the line against the Azzurri with bullish aplomb, and even bagged two superb goals to almost drag the Danes to the World Cup next summer, only for Alberto Aquilani to ruin the party.
After that game they ranted and raved about his success - not today.
The Danish press have covered the performance of Bendtner against Chelsea in the League Cup last night, where he clearly struggled to get in on the action against Premier League rivals.
The English press have acted with their usual vicious tongued vitriol toward Bendtner, that he is surely used to by now, but perhaps more hurtful would be the reaction in his homeland.
We all know that when your parents say they are angry with you that is bad, but not the end of the world - but when they put their head in their hands and declare they are disappointed with you, it is a much worse feeling.
And that appears to be what the Danish press are conveying in response today.
One report in Ekstra Bladet, titled 'Embarrassing Bendtner replaced in Arsenal's cup exit', in particular carries this sentiment.
They announced that this was the striker’s big chance to prove a point, to stamp some claim on a first-team slot for the club. But they believe Bendtner made ‘countless mistakes with passes when he got a rare touch of the ball’ and that he was ‘taken off after a little more than an hour of play after a bad effort’.
Perhaps most ominously though was their prediction at the end of the piece. With League Cup football now off the table and Olivier Giroud an immovable object in the starting line-up they struggle to see how he will play again for the club - with a January exit potentially on the cards:
‘It was a bad night for Arsenal and perhaps even worse from Bendtner, who may have played his last game for Arsenal.’
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