Five teams who could snap up unsettled Arsenal frontman

Nicklas Bendtner Arsenal

Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Southampton, Swansea and West Brom feature.

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has expressed his frustration in recent days at having to play a lesser role in his club's push for the title.

Nicklas Bendtner has bemoaned the bit-part role he has had to play this term in Arsenal's title challenge and looks set for a summer exit.

Even Yaya Sanogo, an untested French striker plucked from Auxerre in the summer, has usurped him in the pecking order and the Dane appears destined to finally seal a departure from the Emirates Stadium in the close season, with the Gunners expected to go big in a bid to land a proven world class striker.

So, with Bendtner expected to depart, which five Premier League clubs could he turn to?...

1) Crystal Palace:

The Eagles were delighted to welcome back Glenn Murray to the first-team fold recently after his goalscoring exploits in the Championship and he marked his comeback with a goal from the penalty spot against Swansea City at the weekend.

But the sad fact remains that no team has scored fewer goals this season than Tony Pulis' side and it is for this reason that they find themselves still trapped in amongst the relegation mire. Marouane Chamakh and Cameron Jerome have not provided enough of a consistent goal threat so an addition would be welcome.

2) Newcastle United:

The Magpies have Loïc Remy back among the goals after his prolonged absence through suspension.

The Frenchman has struck in successive games and it is no coincidence that Alan Pardew's men have won both but it remains to be seen whether the on-loan 27-year-old's deal will be converted into a permanent one, with teams likely to poach him at any opportunity from parent club QPR.

With Papiss Cisse out of favour and Luuk De Jong also only on loan, the need for forward reinforcements is clear for Newcastle. Bendtner would represent proven Premier League quality on a free transfer and his wages should not prove an issue.

3) Southampton

The Saints' continued impressive form has papered over the fact they are missing any sort of reliable striking deputy to spearhead Rickie Lambert, with Jay Rodriguez - who has lined up primarily in a wide position this term - the only viable alternative.

Manager Mauricio Pochettino rightly sanctioned the exit of Dani Osvaldo to Juventus in January after his training ground bust-up with Jose Fonte but the switch came so late that the Argentinian had little time to sign a replacement.

While he may get away with that for the rest of the season - Southampton are comfortably sat in mid-table and have little else to play for - an addition is paramount in the summer and Bendtner would prove a more than able replacement for Lambert in terms of his playing style and physique.

4) Swansea City

The Swans have started life under Garry Monk impressively and he has done well with the squad he inherited from Michael Laudrup, with several members of the first team out of form and failing to re-capture the form they showed last season.

Wilfried Bony has been a rare bright spark in an otherwise far from inspiring campaign but Michu - last campaign's top scorer no less - has been injured for large spells and January signings David Ngog and Marvin Emnes do not look up to the task.

One thing Bendtner does share with the duo is a high squad number having previously donned the number 52, before changing back to 23, while N'Gog and Emnes wear 54 and 57 respectively.

5) West Bromwich Albion

The Premier League's draw specialists have often lacked a striker able to convert potential match-winning opportunities in a frustrating season for the Baggies, whose Premier League status remains far from secure.

And with Nicolas Anelka's future at the club also looking bleak following his quenelle gesture controversy, the paucity of top-flight-worthy strikers in the club's ranks is evident, with Victor Anichebe, Thievy Bifouma and Matej Vydra representing their strikeforce.

Akin to some of the others on this list, any move for Bendtner will come down to whether or not the Baggies can secure their safety but the Dane's experience at this level puts him in better stead than some of the West Midlands outfit's current roster.

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