'Challenge' not 'money' motivates exit-seeking Gunner

Striker again makes public his desire to transfer away from Emirates Stadium.

Fringe Arsenal player Nicklas Bendtner, who has been restricted to just 29 minutes worth of Premier League football this season, has once again reiterated his desire to transfer away from the Emirates Stadium in the upcoming winter window so that he can gain regular, first-team football.

Bendtner's motives for exiting are not based on financial gain, he claimed to the Danish media today, Friday, but for his career aspirations.

He told Ekstra Bladet: 'I want to leave Arsenal. If its in the winter we’ll have to wait and see. First priority is a new challenge – Money is second. I’ve been playing football since I was four years and back then it was for the love of the sport.'

Despite his lack of game-time for the Gunners, Bendtner has been in good form for his native Denmark, scoring twice in a World Cup qualifier against Italy last month.

Bendtner has a transfermarkt.co.uk valuation of £4.8m and since the closure of the summer window, Crystal Palace, Hull City, Sunderland and Stoke City have all been linked with a bid.

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