Its too easy to jump on the Nicklas Bendtner is a donkey train, anyone who’s seen his name on the subs bench or warming up on the touchline have all breathed a collective sigh, he’s not a quality player, in fact he’s not even a very good player but he still manages to get game time albeit only for the odd 20/30 minutes in an unflattering substitute appearance. Every time I have seen him he has looked disinterested, half asleep, and I don’t think I’ve seen him doing anything productive on the pitch apart from maybe setting up Thomas Eisfield in the League Cup against West Brom.
But that’s not this article is about, this article is about Bendtner’s attitude and his constant public criticism of Arsenal. It’s a well known fact that he wanted to leave in the summer and he was three quarters of the way out of the door on transfer deadline day until Wenger decided to keep him after failing to land another striker. How did Bendtner respond to this ‘second chance’, he commented that his heart wasn’t at the club and he had no real desire to play for us. I understand Wenger wants an experienced back up striker to Giroud but would you really want someone on the bench who’s publicly stated that he wont give 100 percent? Most managers would have dumped Bendtner in the reserves after this and said ‘if you don’t want to be here then leave’, why not pay up the rest of your contract and leave on a free and see if you could join another club without a transfer fee. But that’s not the Bendtner way, his ridiculous wage demands due to his universal sized ego has scuppered any potential transfer deal, Hull, Sunderland, Stoke and a host of German clubs have been chasing the big Dane over the last season or two but have pulled out due to this.
Bendtner’s latest outburst and his claim that he is good enough for Real Madrid and Barcelona is beyond ridiculous and very laughable. Baring in mind this is a striker who hasn’t scored a goal in over 18 months and has been labelled a bit of joke after incidents which have included him drink driving (while on loan at Juventus), and falling out of nightclubs with his pants half way down, in simpler terms, I have more chance of a date with Megan Fox then Nicklas Bendtner has of pulling on the Madrid or Barca shirt.
His comments last week and saying for the umpteenth time ‘that he wants to get away from Arsenal in the winter transfer window because he doesn’t think that he has been given a decent chance, and the fans are unfairly on his back’ has to be the final straw. Fans are very fickle and there is only so many chances that we will give to one player and in my opinion Bendtner was in the last chance salon 2 years ago.
I would rather we had a youngster like Chuba Akpom on the bench, he looked very lively in pre-season and I was very impressed with him when he came off the bench against West Brom in the League Cup. Doing this will more than likely give him a career boost and with his whole career ahead of him, he would be more than likely eager to impress and could have the same impact than young Sege Gnabry has had. Plus bringing through another young Englishman could only be good for the club.
Sorry Bentdner your time is up.