Arsenal striker: The media have made me into a bit of psychopath!

Nicklas Bendtner Denmark

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner blames the media for his ‘unjust’ reputation as he searched for a new club in the summer transfer window.

The 26-year-old Dane returned to the Emirates this term after various loan spells at Juventus, Sunderland and Birmingham during the course of his decade in North London.

Bendtner arrived at Arsenal to join the youth academy back in 2004 from his native Denmark where he has been the subject of gossip, speculation and scrutiny for his antics off the pitch.

However, this term he made a clear effort to redeem himself with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger who handed him first team opportunities when possible but he appears to have fallen down the pecking order at the Emirates with inexperienced French youngster Yaya Sanogo starting the Champions League last sixteen clash with Bayern Munich ahead of the Dane.

"I have, for example, talked to clubs who say they have heard this or that story about me. So I have to tell them that it is not true,” Bendtner protested.

“Of all the things that I have been associated with I have only done one thing wrong and that was in Copenhagen [an arrest for drink driving]. Regardless of this I have, bit by bit, in people's eyes been made into a psychopath."

Denmark face England in a friendly on Wednesday which may offer Bendtner another opportunity to put himself in the shop window ahead of the transfer window in the summer, as it looks increasingly unlikely he will gain access to regular first team football with Arsenal.

He does have an impressive record for his country scoring 24 goals in 56 appearances at international level since making his senior debut in 2006.

He arrived at the Emirates as a 16 year-old and he will likely leave this year a decade later having yet to convince he is ready to develop his potential to become the top-level striker Wenger had hoped he could be.

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