Arsenal Transfer News: Unhappy Nicklas Bendtner Needs Replacing by Gunners

Rob BlanchetteFeatured ColumnistMarch 4, 2014

Denmark's Nicklas Bendtner talks to members of the media during a training session at Wembley Stadium in London, Monday, March 3, 2014. Denmark will play against England in an international friendly on Wednesday March 5. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis)
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Arsenal's maligned striker Nicklas Bendtner has spoken of his intention to leave the Gunners, and outlined what he needs to do to stay in the Danish national team's plans.

Charles Perrin of the Express quotes the player speaking to Danish newspaper Jyllands-Posten:

I’m not going to stay at Arsenal – first team football is what I’m after. 

The plan is for me to move on. I’m ready for a new challenge. I know of the conditions.

To keep my spot I need to play regularly. My self-esteem and my confidence as a footballer has not changed, but there are many who think all I do is party. 

That I am completely indifferent to football, and it’s the wrong version of reality.

When I find my right club, I am sure that everything will be all right in itself, if there are no more injuries.

The comments made by Bendtner are not surprising as he has always been an outspoken individual. The 26-year-old has not been first choice at the Emirates for most of his career.

Of his 11 appearances this season, in the Premier League and in Europe, 10 of those have come from the substitute bench, managing to score twice, per

Sports reporter Jonny Fordham recently tweeted about Bendtner, suggesting he could surprise his detractors when Denmark play England:

Bendtner has failed at Arsenal and has never really showed his true ability, which seemed evident in his early years with the club.

When you consider what Olivier Giroud brings to the Gunners team, the Danish player should be able to offer a similar option for Arsene Wenger, but he simply does not have the intensity of performance needed at the highest level.

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Selling Bendtner will free up some of the wage bill and allow Arsenal to purchase a world-class striker for their attack. Like Chelsea, the North London side are light on strikers and this needs to be addressed as soon as possible.

Bendtner will likely find a home at a team in Europe where the expectations are less stressful, or with a mid-table Premier League club. The opportunity to play games will benefit him and he will then also keep his place at international level.

The bench can be a toxic place for any player, but when you are rooted to it for season after season, it completely destroys any momentum and hampers development. Bendtner may yet still develop into a useful striker, but we will never find out if he stays at the Emirates.