Arsenal striker told he needs to leave the club

Bendtner needs new challenge to save career, says Denmark coach

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been told by his national team coach that he must leave the club to save his career.

Bendtner is one of Arsenal’s longest-serving players, joining in July 2005, but he has found a starting place increasingly hard to come by.

The striker is determined to stay at the Emirates and win back his place, but is currently back-up to Olivier Giroud and could fall further down the pecking order if the Gunners move for a new striker during the January transfer window.

He has made two starts this season, as well as five substitute appearances, and scored twice for Denmark in their World Cup qualifier against Italy last month.

But Olsen, manager of the Denmark national team, believes it is time the forward left the Emirates if he is to save his career.

“Bendtner scored two great goals for us in the game against Italy, but there were also things he lacked in the match and this only comes through playing games,” said Olsen.

“It is for this reason that he should find something new this winter, and we know that well. I think he will make the recommendation to himself and that is the main thing.

“Footballers want to play football. He has maybe 10 years left to go and he must use them well.”

Bendtner’s record in front of goal is not particularly poor, however. The striker has hit 43 goals in 164 appearances for the north London side. However, the last of those goals came more than two years ago, against Leyton Orient in March 2011.

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