New coach 'dared to touch top shelf' but ended up with Bendtner

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VfL Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking has not done the confidence of Nicklas Bendtner any harm - not that the Dane has confidence issues.

Arsenal finally let Nicklas Bendtner go this summer, after his long term deal with the club expired and he was allowed to become a free agent.

The troublesome striker showed flashes of his talent last term, but spent much of the season injured or banished because of disciplinary reasons.

But after his time in England he has now found a new place to hang his hat - Wolfsburg.

The Danish international, who gained more headlines off the pitch then on it at Arsenal, has signed for VfL on a three-year deal.

But already it is bearing a startling resemblance to his last move - when he joined Juventus on loan in 2012.

Juventus had been after Fernando Llorente, Stevan Jovetic, Robin van Persie and even Luis Suarez. They failed in all their pursuits and in the end, in a panic, they recruited Bendtner on loan.

This summer Wolfsburg were also linked with big names. They tried to bring Mario Mandzukic back from Bayern Munich and most recently they lodged an approach for Chelsea striker Romelu Lukaku - which fell apart when Everton pipped them to the post.

So now, with options few and far between, just like Juventus two years ago they have settled on Bendtner.

Their head coach Dieter Hecking admitted so himself this afternoon, telling German media:

"We dared to touch the top shelf of players. It's empty now though, so we need to look a bit further down."

When he arrived at Juventus it was much the same thing, he was simply a stop-gap until they could bring in Llorente on a Bosman.

Once again it would appear Bendtner has aimed high, without considering how highly he might be valued at the club he is about to step into. Other teams such as Eintracht Frankfurt and Hull City were believed to want Bendtner - something a player of his mercurial nature needs, that need to be loved.

Wolfsburg wanted Lukaku and Mandzukic - they have settled for the former Arsenal man.

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