After failing to seal a move away from the Emirates this summer, Nicklas Bendtner has vowed to kick-start his career at Arsenal and show Arsene Wenger what he’s made of.
The 25-year-old has not featured for the Gunners for the past two seasons, having been loaned out to Sunderland and Juventus, and looked set to depart the Emirates for Crystal Palace having held talks with the club South East London club,
However, Wenger was unsuccessful in his season-long loan bid to sign Demba Ba from Chelsea and, as a result, asked Bendtner to stay put.
The Denmark international said:
‘It’s no secret that Arsenal and myself had agreed that I could leave the club during the 2013 summer transfer window subject to an agreement between all parties.
‘An agreement had been reached with more than one club this week but as Arsenal were unable to secure the services of another striker, they reserved their right to not sanction any deal to be concluded.
‘Naturally, I was very disappointed as I was looking forward to a new challenge, with a new club and a fresh start in English football.
‘Many things have been said about where my future lies after many years at Arsenal; the truth is I just want to play football which is when I’m happiest and Arsenal is a fantastic environment for any professional to apply their trade.’
He continued by saying:
‘I still feel very strongly about Arsenal Football Club and following positive talks with the manager, I am looking forward to working hard to regain full fitness and doing my very best to help to the team and the manager fulfil our objectives and ambitions this season.
‘I’ve learnt a lot from my loan experiences at Sunderland and Juventus and I want to assure all Arsenal fans that I will give everything I have to contribute to what I believe will be a successful season for the club.’
His attitude in the past has been nothing but poor and petulant, but I’m glad to hear that, despite not leaving the club, he is fully committed to the cause and ready to fight for a place in the side.
It’s no secret; we did need another striker to come in this summer and many of us will be unhappy that Wenger didn’t pay the cash to sign Gonzalo Higuain, who signed for Napoli instead.
But Bendtner is like a new signing for us. He hasn’t played for us in the past two seasons, and although he isn’t all that the Dane is a cover option to Olivier Giroud should the French forward become jaded or suffer a long-term injury during the course of the season.
It’s an extra body in the squad which we will need and I’m sure we will see Bendtner play for us from now until May.