Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner Reportedly Demanding £104,000 Per Week at New Club

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistMarch 18, 2014

Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner celebrates their victory over Newcastle United at the end of their English Premier League soccer match at St James' Park, Newcastle, England, Sunday, Dec. 29, 2013. Arsenal beat Newcastle by 1-0. (AP Photo/Scott Heppell)
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Nicklas Bendtner is reportedly looking to double his wages should he end up leaving Arsenal as a free agent this summer, as is expected.

The Gunners outcast's current deal sees him earn £52,000 a week, but Darren Lewis of The Mirror says Bendtner is expecting an extraordinary bump up to the £104,000-a-week mark at his next club:

The exiled Arsenal striker, 26, is looking for the exorbitant fee as he is out of contract in the summer which means the outfit that sign him will not have to pay a fee.

Should he manage to land the salary he is after, he would be earning bigger wages than many of the established strikers in the Premier League.

Even with the waived transfer fee, it seems absurd to believe that a player who has made just three league starts in the last two seasons, per Transfermarkt, could demand such a high figure for his services.

Those numbers include a short-term loan deal at Juventus last season, where he failed to make any impact on Serie A.

The Guardian's Marcus Christenson says that there is, however, still time for Bendtner to live up to his own high expectations:

If there's one thing Bendtner has always displayed in abundance throughout his career, it's confidence. In November 2013, the Dane revealed his intention to one day play for Barcelona or Real Madrid, leading talkSPORT to list some of his more outrageous statements from down the years.

It's little wonder as to why Bendtner is seeking improved terms, too, given the manner in which he's currently going about spending his salary.

Last week, while Arsenal were in the midst of being knocked out of this season's Champions League by Bayern Munich, the forward allegedly took a trip to Copenhagen and got into a drunken skirmish with a taxi and its driver, writes The Guardian's Paul Doyle.

In lieu of that incident, Arsene Wenger confirmed that Bendtner would receive a fine, per Doyle's report, and appeared to confirm that the player would be allowed to leave the Emirates Stadium when he's out of contract in the summer:

I don't know exactly what happened because I haven't spoken to him yet, the only thing that is for sure is that he had nothing to do in Copenhagen. Nobody gave him any permission to go there so he will be fined for that. Has he created some problem there? I don't know.

He is at the end of his contract in the summer.

The Mirror's John Cross says Bendtner's escapade has brought a more aggressive side out of Wenger, the likes of which he's never witnessed before:

According to Transfermarkt, Bendtner has scored 31 club goals in his last five seasons, an average of just above six goals per campaign—hardly the kind of attacking pedigree that would seem to warrant the kind of figures he's said to be demanding.

Up until now, Wenger has persevered with the 26-year-old, brought to North London as an academy project in 2004.

And although patience appears to have finally run dry with the Gunners' chief, Bendtner's self-perception doesn't look to have altered in the slightest.


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