The 25-year old never successfully managed to cement his place in Arsenal’s starting 11, and he was always chosen behind the likes of Robin van Persie, Emmanuel Adebayor and later on Marouane Chamakh. His lack of game time frustrated him, and was hence sent for successive loan spells, first to fellow English side Sunderland, followed by a spell at Italian champions Juventus last season.
The attacker failed to impress on both these outings, and thus he was hardly used by Juventus last season. He is now back in London to his parent club Arsenal. With just a year left to run on his current deal at the Emirates, he has been allowed to seek a new club next season by the Gunners.
Bendtner’s expected departure will show a real intent from Arsenal for next season, as they are moving out all their dead wood and making way for new signings. Bendtner will be the fourth player to quit the club after it was officially announced that Andrei Arshavin, Denilson and Sebastian Squilacci will be free to leave once their contracts expire on June 30th.
The front man released a statement in the local press and it was reported by Metro that he is in talks with 5-6 clubs interested in his services. He said, “I am talking with five or six clubs at the moment over a permanent transfer.”
“Things are agreed with Arsenal and I will decide which club I sign for in the next two weeks.”
Arsenal are willing to listen to offers for Bendtner in the region of a paltry £3 million. With Arsenal shipping out fringe players, they have already managed to free up roughly £190,000 in the form of weekly wages. Manager Arsene Wenger’s rebuilding project seems to be heading in the right path till now.
Where do you see Bendtner heading next? Will he ever play for a club as prestigious as Arsenal, or will he have to settle for something much lesser in his search of regular first-team football?