Worst player on the pitch! Arsenal's Bendtner panned by Danish press for friendly

Nicklas Bendtner Denmark

Arsenal outcast Nicklas Bendtner's form just gets worse.

Nicklas Bendtner is rarely out of the headlines, and sadly for him a positive is a rarity.

We'd love to be able to sit here and just for a change tell you how he bagged a hat-trick for Denmark in their friendly win and was voted man-of-the-match, but we would be lying if we did so.

That was because he turned in another poor display on Friday evening in Denmark's friendly match with Norway.

The Danes won 2-1, with Bendtner in a starting role - but was substituted after 60 minutes, with the home crowd seeing enough of his ineffectual forward play.

Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet pulled no punches in assessing his performance, writing that he was the 'weakest player on the pitch'.

Their player ratings reflected so too. In a rating system from 0-6 with six being the highest, Bendtner was awarded just a 2.

He was the one of just two players on the pitch to be graded so low, so unimpressed were they with his display, with midfielder Niki Zimling also singled out for criticism -  but he plays for German strugglers Mainz not Champions League contenders Arsenal, and Bendtner should be performing at a higher standard.

Throughout his struggles at the Gunners, the one thing Bendtner could always count on was his international form. Suddenly this has deserted him too. 

Where does he go from here? As his national coach said this week, it's time for him to leave Arsenal for the sake of his career and play regularly, and may be then he can begin a gradual improvement from this low point.

image: © Helgi Halldórsson/Freddi

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