Nicklas Bendtner has apologised to the Danish press for his mini-outburst on Wednesday.
Yesterday we bought you the tale of Nicklas Bendtner, giving the media in his homeland a very hard time after a difficult week for the striker.
He has spent much of it ill with the ‘Arsenal sickness bug’ that has also struck Mesut Ozil, Per Mertesacker and Tomas Rosicky, seen his national team coach tell him to leave The Gunners and come agonisingly close to grabbing an equaliser at Old Trafford at the weekend.
If I were him, I know I would just want this week to come to a glorious end against Norway this evening.
So when the press cornered him at training yesterday, here is what he said in response - a response that got the Danish media well and truly riled up:
‘’If it were up to me, I would not talk with you. I do not talk to you. But in our contract with DBU (Danish FA) says that we need to talk to you. Therefore, I am also speaking only on the national team when I speak to you…No matter what I do, my qualities will be questioned. (It’s) how I think it will be until my career stops. But surely it is also your job.’’
I hypothesised that he was simply caught in the wrong mood, and now Bendtner has spoken to the press again today - confirming his apologies for Wednesday, and blaming it on ‘the morning grumps’.
Here is what he actually said when at a press conference on Thursday, where he appeared much sprightlier:
‘’I've been sick and was a little morgensur (translated as meaning ‘grumpy in the morning’ in Danish) yesterday. I think I had said that I did not want to comment on questions about Arsenal. And when I was asked the third question, I think my morning acidity just boiled over…But I do obviously like and answer press questions when I'm with the national team.’’
I think we can all forgive Nicklas for being a little perturbed in the morning, we have all been there - never mind after two days of illness and a barrage of questions on your future employment hurtling in your direction.
Now Bendtner turns his attentions to trying to put in a solid performance against Norway this evening, to put himself in the shop window this January.
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