Arsenal finally set to release £52K-a-week striker - Bendtner's best bits

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has been released by the club after a decade with the North Londoners.

The 26-year-old Denmark international arrived from his homeland to join the Gunners in 2004 at the age of 14. He made a total of 168 appearances and scored 47 goals but after loan spells with Birmingham, Sunderland and Juventus and a number of off-field legal problems he leaves on a free transfer.

The striker famously took the shirt number 52 to signify the wage packet he was on at the Emirates thought to be £52,000 per week but apart from his antics and ego Nicklas Bendtner did have some great moments wearing red and white.

1) Barcelona 09/10

In April 2010 Bendtner scored the opening goal of Arsenal’s Champions League knockout second leg tie with Barcelona at the Camp Nou. The hosts went on to win the tie 4-1 but for two minutes the Dane was a hero on one of the most prestigious football grounds in the world.

2) Tottenham 07/08

In December 2007 the striker scored the winning goal in the North London derby at the Emirates to put the Gunners 2-1 up on Tottenham in the 76th minute.

3) Blackburn 09/10

In October 2009 Bendtner finished off Blackburn Rovers who lost 6-2 at the Emirates with a sublime finish in the 89th minute of the game.

4) West Brom 08/09

Probably Nicklas Bendtner’s greatest ever goal was a stunning strike from the edge of the penalty area against West Brom. The Gunners won 3-1 and Bendtner netted a brace in what was a world-class performance from a then still only 21-year-old star in March 2009.

5) Leyton Orient 2010/11

Finally, in March 2011 Bendtner was named Man of the Match for his contribution to Arsenal’s 5-0 demolition of Leyton Orient in the FA Cup. The Dane gets a lot of stick (quite rightly) for his comments asserting he was the greatest striker that ever lived but on this rare occasion he was modest. When Emmanuel Eboue hands him the bottle of Champagne he is mistaken in thinking Eboue has won the award, instead of himself.

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