The Gunners snapped up a talented youngster from the youth academy of FC Copenhagen. After making only three League Cup appearances in his first season with the club, the Gunners offered him a chance to continue his footballing education at Birmingham City, where he scored 13 goals in 42 appearances.
On his return to the club in 2007, Bendtner found himself on the fringes. He was way down the pecking order in attack. The Gunners had Emmanuel Adebayor, Robin van Persie and Eduardo da Silva, who suffered a horrific career-threatening injury in the second half of that season.
In subsequent campaigns, he featured in cup games as well as some league fixtures. However, his big break arrived in the 2009/10 campaign, when the red-hot Robin van Persie was sidelined for a lengthy spell. Bendtner hit double figures that season, as he did in the year before.
The striker was not satisfied. He was hardly playing, and was playing out of position when he was on the pitch. As a result, his relationship with the club became strained. When he managed to secure a move to Sunderland, he expressed a desire to never play for Arsenal again, per Goal.com. A permanent move failed to materialize, though, and he didn’t do any better in his second loan stint with Juventus.
After almost two years, Nicklas Bendtner played for Arsenal again this week in a League Cup tie against West Brom, and would have every reason to be pleased with his performance.
In the wake of his outing against West Brom, some feel he deserves another chance at Arsenal.
Here are a few reasons why.