Posted on Wednesday, 17th November 2010 by Tony Merakli
Nicklas Bendtner threatened to quit the club last week if the striker does not see regular first-team action soon, but does the Dane even warrant a starting role for the Gunners this season?
The 22-year-old has managed to only make 4 cameo appearances for the Gunners so far this season, after recently recovering from a long-term groin injury, but believes if he is not selected in the starting line-up soon, then he may have to consider a move away from the Emirates this January. Bendtner’s emotions boiled over last week and told the press of his unhappiness:
‘If the situation doesn’t change – if I keep sitting on the bench at Arsenal – I must leave. It’s as simple as that.’
A few days later, Wenger responded to Bendtner’s announcement in a positive manner, by reassuring the Dane does have a future at Arsenal, but will have to remain patient.
Wenger told Sky Sports:
“I have been very pleased with Nicklas’ attitude and spirit. He has to continue to work, and when he is completely match fit he will play. I can understand because he has put a lot of effort in. Now he has to be a little bit patient.”
Bendtner was the main front-man last season as Robin Van Persie was once again Ko’d for the majority of the year with injuries. The Danish international accumulated a total of 31appearances in all competitions, netted 12 goals, as well as assist 7 times along the way…an average record to say the least, but nothing great.
Robin Van Persie is finally back fit after recuperating from an ankle injury which he picked up against Blackburn in late August, and will doubt be aiming to retrieve his place in the starting XI. Van Persie has been Arsenal’s main front-man for quite some time now and many fans will agree (if not all) RVP will be picked ahead of Bendtner this season everytime…providing the Dutchman is fit of course. For me, Chamakh’s introduction into the squad has pretty much all but ended Bendtner’s chances of a starting role. Unfortunately for the Dane, The former Bordeaux striker has adapted quickly to the English game and Arsenal’s style of play. Chamakh has already notched up 8 goals in 18 appearances for the Gunners (in all competitions) this season, and is starting to become a favourite amongst the crowd. In fewer appearances, Chamakh has already managed to gain a better goal ratio than Bendtner’s record last season, which will be damaging to the Danish international’s chances.
So, does Nicklas Bendtner warrant a starting role at Arsenal? Taking everything into account and seeing the current squad’s performances so far this season, I would have to say no. I admire the player’s desire in wanting to play for the club, but he needs to realise that at this time Arsenal have better attacking options available. Bendtner is still very young and has potential to become a good player for Arsenal, but he needs to stop making ridiculous demands and thinking he’s the business. I agree with Wenger, the striker needs to remain patient and wait for his chance, if Nicklas Bendtner can’t abide by this and behave properly, then maybe it is time for the striker to leave Arsenal this winter.
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