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Nitesh: Does Nicklas Bendtner still have a future at Arsenal?

Posted on April 13, 2012 by Nitesh

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?

by Nitesh

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15 to “Nitesh: Does Nicklas Bendtner still have a future at Arsenal?”

  1. tissiam says:

    no we should sell him!!being an arsenal player requires more than being a good player(which he,s not)but it ,s also how you represent or reflect on your team!!in his case not too well with off field antics.sell him i say sell him!!

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  2. Dan T says:

    I think he is a better back-up than Chamakh or Park. He would be a good 3rd choice striker. However, we know from experience he is not happy not being the main man and no doubt thinks he is better than Van Persie aswell. He gets diruptive when he is not playing and he is never going to be playing consistently for Arsenal so he needs to go.

    I quite like him as a player, you always felt there was a chance he would get a goal when he came on when we were chasing a game(unlike the back-ups we have now). He does have the ability to score a few nice goals aswell – Newcastle in the Carling Cup springs to mind. But no. He has made his bed now with comments earlier in the season. I just hope we can find someone to pay his wages.

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  3. GoonerBoy says:

    Keep him if he wants to stay. He is far better than any other back-up options we have to RvP, he knows how to score important goals, he can cross/assist, he can head, he can hold the ball up, very versatile. If he wants to stay then keep him, he can be a very handy squad player.

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  4. diablo says:

    I do not dislike him, i think he is good enough to play for Arsenal and in the past he has scored some very important goals. I would give him a chance in the team as a replacement for RvP. Robin is injury prone as we all know…and at some point he will get injured and who will step up to his place? I think that Bendtner will do a great job playing with midfielders that will provide him with the right passes for him to score, with no doubt i see Bendtner scoring more than 10 goals for Arsenal next season if he stays.

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  5. Robdogooner says:

    You cannot “just leave all the player comments and derisions to the side”. He has burned the bridge and is thus stuck on the wrong side of the river.

    Lets just hope he can have a superb finnish to the season so that some team in the world will be willing to meet his over the top wages so we can stop paying the moron.

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  6. atid says:

    Here is our 90 strong squad list as it stands, including the 12 new 1st years, do people believe me now when i say 20-25 players could leave this season? from almunia down to ramsey you have the over 21′s the rest will all be classed as under 21 next season. Do we need Bendtner?

    Manuel Almunia
    Yossi Benayoun
    Sebastien Squillaci
    Tomas Rosicky
    Mikel Arteta
    Bacary Sagna
    Andre Santos
    Robin van Persie
    Marouane Chamakh
    Per Mertesacker
    Lukasz Fabianski
    Chu-Young Park
    Laurent Koscielny
    Thomas Vermaelen
    Abou Diaby
    Johan Djourou
    Gervinho
    Alex Song
    Theo Walcott
    Kieran Gibbs
    Andrey Arshavin
    Nicklas Bendtner
    Denilson
    Vito Mannone
    Carlos Vela
    Pedro Botelho
    Gavin Hoyte
    Henri Lansbury
    Rhys Murphy
    Craig Eastmond
    Wojciech Szczesny
    Aaron Ramsey

    Francis Coquelin
    James Shea
    Conor Henderson
    Jack Wilshere
    Emmanuel Frimpong
    Carl Jenkinson
    Damian Martinez
    Daniel Boateng
    Oguzhan Ozyakup
    Ignasi Miquel
    Jernade Meade
    George Brislen-Hall
    Thomas Eisfeld
    Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain
    Josh Rees
    Nigel Neita
    Martyn Angha
    Kyle Ebicilio
    Elton Monteiro
    Zak Ansah
    Jon Toral Harper
    Isaac Hayden
    Sanchez Watt
    Kyle Bartley
    Samuel Galindo
    Joel Campbell
    Ryo Miyaichi
    Wellington Silva
    Benik Afobe
    Nicholas Yennaris
    Sean McDermott
    Sead Hajrovic
    Chukwuemeka Aneke
    Ben Glasgow
    James Campbell
    Jeffrey Monakana
    Jordan Wynter
    Samir Bihmoutine
    Phillip Roberts
    Reice Charles-Cook
    Alban Bunjaku
    Anthony Jeffrey
    Zak Fagan
    Hector Bellerin
    Kristoffer Olsson
    Serge Gnabry
    Leander Siemann
    Jack Jebb
    Josh Vickers
    Chuba Akpom
    Austin Lipmam
    Alfred Mugabo
    Alex Iwobi
    Arinse Uade
    Brandon Ormonde-Ottewill
    Tarum Dawkins
    Glen Roberts
    Tom Dallison

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  7. leo says:

    if he wants to come back and fight of his place then why not he is having good season had a great match against city,he is better than park and chammakh we lacked that bench strength & some one like bendtner and vela could have made some impact,if he want’s to leave then sell him vela,park and chammakh and sign giourd,matias suarez and probably luuk de jong/ricky van wolfswinkel or even dempsey who has scored 21 goals for fulham this season

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  8. atid says:

    http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mauricio_Isla

    Here is a player that would help to trim the squad size down and Jan Vertonghen is another. Isla is out of contract this year and keen to come to England.
    He can play all across the back all across the midfield and up front, he is quick has lots of stamina and is also technically good. sign him and jan sell/release almunia hoyte squillaci botelho that already reduces the overall numbers by two

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  9. beje says:

    Try to play with him with RvP. 1st and 2nd striker role maybe will work for them. Agree?

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  10. Angelito says:

    If he wants to stay and if Wenger deems it right, I won’t have a problem with Niklas staying. I’m leaving it on “Arsene Knows Best,” territory here.

    As stated above, Bendtner is a much better option than Chamakh. I’ve not seen enough of Park but he doesn’t seem high on Arsene’s radar. He would be a nice back-up for van Persie and Podolski next season.

    Next season, van Persie might play behind Podolski in the present 4-2-3-1. We have enough options to play any formation. Bendtner will do well with us, especially considering we will be playing in four competitions.

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  11. Peter T. says:

    I think Bendtner should move on..the flashes of brilliance that we currenntly see of him are for 2 reasons: he needs to impress a team that can sign him based on his latest perfomances and that Arsenal must take notice that he might still come back should a suitor has not been found by his handlers at the end of the season. The fact is he’s able to show these flashes of brilliance only because he gets the game time at Sunderland. If he comes back he’ll be a squad player who plays only when RVP is out..and if this season is anything to go by on Rvp’s fitness then he’ll be watching from the stands for long periods of time.

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  12. Vamsi says:

    I think he had the same affect on arsenal team as carrol is having on liverpool now, too slow and first pass always a back pass, may be can score one or two goals with headers.

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  13. Stuart says:

    I’d be violently ill if he came back. The guy doesn’t realise how privileged he is to have had such an opportunity with Arsenal, he’d have you believe we are the lucky ones.

    He has no place at Arsenal.

    I want players at Arsenal who love the club, not themselves.

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  14. John collard says:

    Well to be honest I think most of us would be all hypocrites if any said we wanted him back. I believe he should move on.

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  15. DCC says:

    NO !!!!!!!!!!!!

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