Nicklas Bendtner Reportedly in Drunken Fight with Taxi Driver During Arsenal Tie

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistMarch 13, 2014

Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner, controls the ball against Cardiff City, during their English Premier League match, at Emirates Stadium, in London, Wednesday, Jan. 1, 2014. (AP Photo/Bogdan Maran)
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Updates from Thursday, Mar. 13

Acccording to Matt Law of The Daily Telegraph Bendtner is facing a hefty fine for his conduct: 

Nicklas Bendtner is facing a heavy fine and dressing down from Arsene Wenger over claims he went on a drunken rampage while Arsenal were being knocked out of the Champions League by Bayern Munich.

Striker Bendtner returned to Arsenal training on Thursday morning and was forced to explain allegations from Denmark that he had ‘ran amok’ in Copenhagen on Tuesday night.


Arsenal are treating the matter extremely seriously and have vowed to punish Bendtner if he cannot come up with a satisfactory explanation.

He can expect a fine of two weeks’ wages, around £100,000, and will be told to sort himself out by manager Wenger.

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Nicklas Bendtner reportedly "ran amok" in Copenhagen's Norrebro district the same night Arsenal exited the Champions League after their 1-1 draw with Bayern Munich.

While the Gunners were putting in a huge effort to combat the 2-0 first-leg deficit, Bendtner is said to have been causing mayhem back in Denmark. Local newspaper BT suggests he threatened a taxi driver before unbuttoning his trousers and "rubbing against the side of the car," as detailed by Ed Malyon of the Mirror (NSFW):

The 26-year-old also reportedly whipped the taxi with his belt and told its driver, 'I will f--k you' as well as calling him a 'little b---h.'

The reports, carried this morning in Danish tabloid BT, reveal that the cab driver concerned called the police about the bizarre incident, and claimed:

'I have had drunk passengers in my car for 25 years and I have never seen anything like it.'

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Even by Bendtner's standards, this story is bizarre.

The Arsenal striker has carved out a troublesome reputation at the Emirates and appears to be unwanted by Arsene Wenger. With Arsenal needing at least two goals to advance in the Allianz Arena, Bendtner was unable to aid his side as he continues to recover from a niggling knee injury, reported by Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph.

The Danish enigma has played just 32 minutes since the start of the year, per, and appears more likely to make headlines away from the pitch. In November 2013, the 26-year-old was arrested on suspicion of causing criminal damage at his luxury apartment block, reported by David Kent of the Daily Mail.

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Although Bendtner believes he is the "greatest striker in the world" and will one day end up at "Real Madrid or Barcelona," per Matthew Morlidge of the Daily Mail, it seems the player is intent on sabotaging his career before it really gets going.

He may be confident in his skills, but Bendtner's self-assured manner, general lack of consistency on the pitch and missteps away from football have crafted a notorious persona for the Denmark international.

Despite showing how he can influence games with a brace against Italy in October—a match that signalled his return after a drink-driving ban, per the Daily Mail—the striker has barely aided Arsenal's season with two goals in 11 appearances across the Premier League and Champions League.

Bendtner believes the press have turned his reputation into that of a "psychopath," saying he is "just waiting to be unleashed" with a new club and team-mates who don't "have those stereotypical notions about me," reported by Amy Lawrence of The Guardian.

Even if the latest reports surrounding Bendtner's misbehaviour prove to be false, Jonathan Liew of The Telegraph sums up the image he will now struggle to shake:

There's no doubting Bendtner is an effective player when he remains focused. He has shown this with 24 goals for the national team, as well as during loan spells at Birmingham and Sunderland. The Arsenal man is perhaps suited to playing for smaller teams where he can be given greater responsibility, instead of acting as a hindrance for an elite club.

Bendtner has received plenty of opportunities to shine—highlighted by Juventus' decision to take him on loan last season—but his career is being wasted away, and despite his suggestion he is unfairly treated by the media, Bendtner certainly doesn't help himself at times.

The player has until the summer to attract potential suitors. Should he continue to drum up negative headlines, it's unlikely the Bernabeu or Camp Nou hierarchy are going to come calling.