Nicklas Bendtner needs a stable environment in order to get his career back on track. Even though Arsenal could use more attacking options, the club should be seeking a more reliable option, which means a transfer is the best option.
Bendtner arrived to the Arsenal first team with plenty of promise early in the 2005-06 season. He's failed to make the type of impact the Gunners expected from him during his time with the club and throughout his various loan spells.
Part of the problem in recent years is the inconsistent opportunities he's been given. With Arsenal unable to find a spot for him, he's gone out on loan to Sunderland and Juventus with limited success. He made just two league starts for the Italian club this past season.
He needs to be more heavily involved if he's ever going to turn that previous potential into production in one of Europe's top leagues. Finding a club that will provide him with consistent playing time is the biggest key right now.
Jamie Sanderson of the Metro reports that process is underway. Bendtner said multiple clubs are interested and he's planning on making a final decision within the next couple weeks.
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.
Given the club's need for more attacking talent, Arsene Wenger could opt to give Bendtner another chance to make his presence felt at Emirates. It would come with a lot of risk, however, with the longtime manager expected to make a big splash this summer.
Is it time for Bendtner to move on?
If Wenger gave Bendtner another opportunity and he didn't shine, it would be another setback for the Gunners. So moving him now while he still has value is the safer direction.
Arsenal can use the extra cash to cash down other options. Bendtner can get a fresh start with a new club and hope to become a coveted commodity for top clubs again in the future.
There's still time. At 25, the Danish international is running out of chances to become the dynamic offensive force some expected him to become back in 2005, but they aren't gone yet. If the interest he talks about is legitimate, having that many clubs involved proves that.
But he needs a chance to play first-team football on a weekly basis to turn things around. Without it, he will continue to struggle to find top form, as has been the case for the past couple seasons.
Arsenal haven't been able to provide those opportunities and it doesn't seem like they would be coming his way any time soon if he stayed. So it's best for everybody if he finally finds a new permanent home.