Before pouncing on me and throwing me to the Spuds, lets just leave all the player comments and derisions to the side and have a firm thinking of the situation. Can Nicklas Bendtner, the 6’5” Danish striker, somehow still have a future at Arsenal FC and all it stands for?
Bendtner came up through the Arsenal academy with Fabregas and is still only in his early 20ties. He formed a prolific strike partnership in the Arsenal reserves with teammate Arturo Lupoli, who has since moved on elsewhere. After impressing on loan at Birmingham, the teenage striker was presented with opportunities to seek first team football elsewhere, with reports that Lyon and AC Milan wanted the promising teenager, but he stayed on in order to earn his place in the starting eleven.
Known for his extreme self-confidence, Bendtner once received a confidence rating that exceeded the scale in a test carried out by an Arsenal psychologist. Not really something you would want in a person; confidence is one thing, arrogance is something completely different. This is where Szczesny always scores above the Danish striker.
But honestly speaking, I never really had much problem with the man. Sure, he pissed off Adebayor earlier, but shouldn’t that just endure him to Gooner hearts now? He may be over-confident, but I do believe that he may be worked with as a footballer.
His technique wasn’t the best with us, with many berating his first-touch as one of the worst on the football field. But I was watching Sunderland’s match last Saturday, and it honestly does look like he has improved no end in that regard. He linked up well with his teammates, held the ball up well, and tracked back to retrieve it when it was up to him. A couple of nice first-time passes too, and it does look like we’ve got a better footballer on our cards now that he has worked under a disciplinarian like Martin O’Neil.
He has said earlier in the season that he sees his future away from Arsenal, but of late, it seems like his thoughts have started to change. Love for the Arsenal doesn’t just go away, and he now realizes how great a team Arsenal is after having to live off limited service from the Sunderland midfield.
Sure, he wont be the best player to pull on the Arsenal shirt, but he’s far from the worst. So what do you think Gooners, does the arrogant Scandinavian still have a place at Arsenal?
Does Nicklas Bendtner still have a future at Arsenal?