Nicklas Bendtner has shown his true colours in an interview in Denmark, stating he is eager to leave the north London club.
After excellent victories over Liverpool and Borussia Dortmund, Arsenal are flying high ahead of the clash with Manchester United at Old Trafford today.
However, controversial striker Nicklas Bendtner has thrown a spanner in the works of the club’s momentum with comments stating he wanted to leave north London over the summer, and is eager to move in January.
The former Sunderland loanee looked likely to depart the Emirates Stadium club during the last transfer window, only to be told he had to stay as Arsene Wenger failed to land a replacement.
Bendtner’s latest negative comments are disappointing from an Arsenal perspective.
“Everything was in place for me, there were three clubs that were just waiting for me to say 'yes please' to them," Bendtner told Danish newspaper Berlingske.
"I was very disappointed when he [Wenger] phoned because I was ready to move on. I didn't actually think that they wished to keep me.”
He went on to speak of his mixed fortunes at the north London outfit, and admitted at being frustrated to have to train with the reserves in the past.
“As I have been at the club since I was 16 I found it ridiculous that they placed me in the reserves and let me train on my own,” the Scandinavian continued.
“[But] suddenly everything was like old times again. I was training with the first team, I was hanging out with the first team and I had a dietician again. From being completely out to being completely in again."
Finally, Bendtner admitted that he wants to leave the club in January and that he is doing all he can to make himself appealing to potential suitors. He also spoke of the club’s fans, who he believes are eager to see him leave.
"At the moment I am an easy target for [some of the fans] because I want to leave the club and Arsenal don't want to keep me,” he concluded.
"And these haters – they always choose the same solution. But I think it is unfair to have a go at me when I had a transfer in place in the summer and Wenger told me to stay.
"I am training far more seriously [now] than I have ever done in Arsenal. I am in the process of building myself up so that I become this strong machine, this perfect product to sell. I want to start as strongly as possibly in my next club."
Bendtner’s comments come at a poor time for the club, with a massive clash at Old Trafford today. He has further ostracised himself from the Arsenal fans, and it will be a surprise if Wenger considers him for the match-day squad against United now.
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