Nicklas Bendtner’s days at Arsenal are numbered. The striker’s current contract with the Gunners runs out at the end of the season and he is set to leave the North London outfit for good.
The 26-year-old has been on Arsenal’s books since 2004 and was initially considered to be one of the brightest prospects for the future. On occasions, the Denmark international did look promising, but for the best part of the past seven years, he has been a flop.
Bendtner’s reputation among Europe’s elite clubs was underlined when in the summer of 2012 Juventus director-general Giuseppe Marotta admitted that they were forced to sign him on loan because of lack of alternatives.
The forward returned to Arsenal last summer after successive loan spells at Sunderland and Juventus, and once again found himself on the fringes of Gunners manager Arsene Wenger’s plans. The stats below would help to illustrate just how little he means to the Frenchman:
Starved of first-team action for months, Bendtner is now keen on playing for whichever club would guarantee him regular football, where he “can be happy”. He does not mind if he is featuring in Serie A or in the Bundesliga, as long as he gets to play regularly.
‘I like Italy a lot, but the German league also looks exciting’, he told Streetboys.dk. ‘Bayern are strongly in command, but they can be challenged. I do not have a particular preference, because all I want is a place where I get regular match practice and can be happy’.
Now that Bendtner has issued a ‘come and get me’ plea, which club would be the first to offer him a contract? Let’s wait and watch.