Nicklas Bendtner. The 24-year-old self proclaimed ‘best striker in the world’ who currently plays for Sunderland, having sealed a season-long loan deal to the Wearside club last summer because he struggled to get games in Arsene Wenger’s side.
Despite netting seven goals and creating five in 26 Premier League appearances for the Black Cats, Bendtner is unsure whether a permanent switch to Sunderland is the right move for him.
Quoted in the Daily Mail, the Dane said:
‘Never say never about Sunderland, but it is not certain that I will be here if the opportunity arises.’
He then went on to speak about his current situation at Arsenal:
‘About Arsenal, I obviously have to have a chat with the club about it (his future), but it’s not there that the first priority is going to be. I think I have been fairly clear about it.’
Bendtner finished off by saying that he has enjoyed his time at Sunderland, clearly hinting that he may not be at the club after the conclusion of the season:
‘It’s been great to come up here and get games.
‘It’s different than what I was used to at Arsenal, but it’s been a good period for me.’
So with Bendtner’s future clearly undetermined at this stage, what should Wenger look to do with the Denmark international come the end of the season?
1) He wipes the slate clean with Nicklas and gives him one more chance to prove his worth.
2) He puts him up for sale in the summer, selling him to the highest bidder.
Both options are possible, but I think one visibly stands out from the other. This is of course option two.
Although Wenger could give him one more chance to prove his worth, the main reason for Bendtner’s season-long loan last summer to Sunderland was because he wasn’t given enough game time.
Ultimately, presuming Lukas Podolski comes in from FC Koln in the summer, if Bendtner struggled last season to stake a claim in the side, then the Dane stands very little chance of playing for Arsenal next season.
He’s not a bad striker, as his total of 45 goals in 154 appearances for the club suggests, but his mentality and attitude is all wrong.
Bendtner’s overconfidence and massive ego has proven to be his downfall at Arsenal, and I think it’s time the club finally got rid of him.
What do you guys think – What would you like to see Wenger do with Nicklas Bendtner this summer – keep him or sell him?
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