'Boyhood club' reject speculation of ambitious move for Arsenal outcast

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner was seen attending a game in Copenhagen this weekend - but will not be heading back to Denmark.

Bendtner, now 26, has made just 12 appearances for the Gunners this season, scoring twice, but with Olivier Giroud clearly the first choice under Arsene Wenger, Bendtner looks set to leave the club in the summer in a bid to earn regular first-team football.

The Dane spent last season on loan at Serie A giants Juventus, but the Italian side weren't interested in making the deal permanent, leaving Bendtner on the sidelines at the Emirates Stadium.

But with 24 goals in 56 games for Denmark, the man who is constantly derided by fans in England is still well thought of elsewhere in Europe, and his appearance at a Copenhagen game this weekend set tongues wagging that he was set to return to his homeland this summer when his contract expires.

However, it seems there will be no return to Denmark for Bendtner, who left his country of birth aged just 16 to join Arsenal, as Copenhagen club director Anders Horsholt confirmed that his visit to the Parken Stadion was simply because Bendtner was a boyhood Copenhagen fan, but was disappointed that they couldn't win the game in front of Bendtner, as they drew 1-1 with Randers.

"We are not talking about that," said Horsholt. "He is in town and is an old Copenhagen boy, who during his childhood days attended matches. He wanted to see some football, it isn't anything more than that. Unfortunately, we couldn't give him a win."

With Bendtner set to become a free agent, there will still be teams attracted by his goalscoring record at international level, with most of the teams interested no doubt of a high standing than Copenhagen - but a return to his homeland and boyhood club could be just the kickstart Bendtner needs at this stage in his career.

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