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Arsenal striker repeats exit wish – But will he get it?

Frustrated Bendtner's nightmare shows no sign of ending.

Nicklas Bendtner has repeated his desire to extricate himself from his Arsenal nightmare in January, but will Arsene Wenger let him go?

Bendtner’s career at the Emirates has not so much stalled as fallen to pieces. Frozen out of the team over the last two years, loan spells at Sunderland and Juventus have not led to the permanent move he would have wished for.

The Denmark striker fully expected to leave the Emirates during the summer, and openly admitted his disappointment when finding out from Wenger that he was staying in north London.

He repeated his desire to leave this week, and is clearly counting down the days until the transfer window re-opens.

“It is the sporting challenge which is the most important,” Bendtner told Politiken. “I don’t want to sit on the bench and watch. I love to play lots of matches. It should be a club where I will be happy to play. It should be a club where I get to score and preferably win something. I don’t want to sit on the bench and watch. I love to play lots of matches.”

The problem for Bendtner would appear to be that until Wenger can bring in another striker as an option for first-choice Olivier Giroud, will the Gunners manager be willing to let the want-away forward leave?

Arsenal’s search for a striker has been well-documented; indeed, their high-profile pursuit of Liverpool’s Luis Suarez was one of the sagas of the summer. Yet Suarez remained at Anfield, rumours of a move for Wayne Rooney have come to nothing, and Real Madrid’s Karim Benzema has already said he will not play back-up to Giroud.

Wenger can still call on Theo Walcott and the returning Lukas Podolski to strengthen his strike-force, and Mesut Ozil will provide goals and assists, but the manager will almost certainly return his attention to adding another centre-forward in January.

And common-sense would suggest that until he can, Bendtner will be staying put.

To let him leave, and restrict his side to just one recognised centre-forward, would be a bizarre and potentially damaging mistake, and one which the wily Wenger will not make.

Unless a striker arrives at the Emirates in the New Year, it seems that Bendtner’s nightmare is no closer to ending.

To compound reasons, Bendtner's contract expires next summer - so why would a club want to pay money to bring him in during the January window? A loan move may be the best he can hope for.

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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