Nicklas Bendtner has made no secret of his wish to leave Arsenal over the past twelve months and such a move could occur sooner than people first thought. The Denmark international has claimed that he is considering offers from several different clubs and hopes to move away from the Emirates Stadium before the end of the current transfer window.
It was only a few years ago that Arsene Wenger was seemingly a huge fan of the striker and attempted to make him a central figure of his plans. However, after falling out of favour during the 2010/11 campaign, Bendtner grew increasingly frustrated with his lack of opportunities and found himself being farmed out on loan to Sunderland last term. Prior to the move, Bendtner publically announced that his Gunners career was over and said that he had no intention of returning to the Emirates Stadium.
It now appears as though he has stuck by his comments, after telling the press that he has already agreed his departure with the club. Speaking to sporten.dk, the player said, “Arsenal is not an option and that is something both the club and I agree on. I expect to have found a solution to my situation before the window closes. There are concrete negotiations in the works. I have three demands and I won’t sign a deal with a club who aren’t prepared to fill those demands.”
News of Bendtner’s departure really shouldn’t come as a surprise to Gunners fans, with the Dane well down the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium. The recent signings of Olivier Giroud and Lukas Podolski means that the 24-year-old would have featured sparingly this term and even if Robin Van Persie does leave, Arsene Wenger would have probably used other options. It now remains to be seen which side will be blessed with Bendtner’s services next.