Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has implied that his final season at the Emirates was a waste of time.
The Danish striker was retained by the club last season, as attacking cover in the first team, but he’s called his final season at the club a waste.
“At Arsenal I barely played. My last year was wasted there – We were champions (At Juventus), I wanted to stay. But Arsenal took me back. I wasted a year there. That annoys me the most,” the striker told German tabloid Bild.
Although Bendtner featured regularly during a loan spell at Juventus, he failed to score in nine games.
Had he returned to the Gunners with some more impressive stats to back himself up with, he could have forced his way into the team last season ahead of Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo.
However, the Gunners didn’t have a problem when Wolfsburg came knocking to sign him and he’s endured an equally difficult start to life in the Bundesliga with his new team; two appearances and no goals.
Bendtner’s relationship with Arsenal fans was always strained because of the lethargic way he approached playing for such a big club.
He’s always had a great deal of self confidence but after Arsenal’s £16 million signing of Danny Welbeck, and a decent debut against Manchester City, the club will be very happy with their collective of strikers.
Arsenal have moved on, it’s just a shame that Bendtner seems to still harbour feelings of anger and resentment towards his former employers.
Arsene Wenger made it quite clear last season that if Bendtner was prepared to do the hard yards and work long hours in training to get himself match fit, he’d be in the team.
The Frenchman couldn’t do anything about his goalless spell at Juventus and his failure to cash in when he was used last season.