Nicklas Bendtner has informed Arsenal of his desire to leave the club in the summer, having endured yet another frustrating season at the club.
Of the 28 appearances made this season, Nicklas started on the bench on 17 occasions and, after making only 3 Premier League starts (as he was forced out of the team when Robin Van Persie returned from injury), Bendtner is clearly unhappy at his lack of game time. The fact that he was often played out of position our 4-3-3 formation cannot have helped the situation, and Bendtner is more than entitled to be disappointed with the way that this season has panned out.
Do I wish we had treated him differently and played him more often? No… Not really. I am more than happy to see him leave. We have not seen any significant improvement in his performances over the past few seasons, and the extra cash generated from his sale would make it even more likely that a big-name striker like Falcao would join the club as a strike partner for Van Persie.
Speaking to sporten.dk Bendtner said:
“I have decided 100% that I must leave Arsenal.
“I’ve considered this for a long time and was quite clear when I arrived at my decision.
“It doesn’t feel particularly strange to not know what my future holds – I’m quite calm and confident that I’ll be fine at a new club.
“I’m fully focused on Saturday’s game for now, because it is incredibly important, but after the international [Denmark’s Euro 2012 qualifier against Iceland] is over I may focus more directly on my future.”
Bayern Munich have already expressed an interest in Bendtner, who would probably be available for around £10-12 million. You can hardly blame Bendtner for wanting out. He is of little importance to Arsenal anymore and will be looking to make a name for himself at another big European club. No doubt we will be seeing him again in the Champions League later in the year.