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Arsenal Transfer News: Nicklas Bendtner Named Among 11 Players to Exit Club

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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Nick AkermanFeatured ColumnistJune 26, 2014

Nicklas Bendtner is one of 11 players confirmed to be leaving Arsenal, as reported by the club's website.

The Danish enigma, whose "badboy" antics famously overshadow his influence on the pitch, is joined on the exit list by the likes of Bacary Sagna, Lukasz Fabianski and a host of young players.

Here's a full rundown of those confirmed to be leaving the Emirates, plus the reasons why:

Players Confirmed to be Leaving Arsenal
NameReason for Exit
Nicklas BendtnerContract Expiry
Bacary SagnaContract Expiry/Joined Manchester City
Lukasz FabianskiContract Expiry/Joined Swansea City
Park Chu-youngContract Expiry
Kim KallstromLoan Deal Expiry
Emiliano VivianoLoan Deal Expiry
Zak AnsahContract Expiry/Joined Charlton Athletic
Chuks AnekeAcademy Contract Expiry
Daniel BoatengAcademy Contract Expiry
Zach FaganAcademy Contract Expiry
Leander SiemannAcademy Contract Expiry
Arsenal.com

Bendtner's departure doesn't come as a surprise after the striker failed to make a lasting impact once again last season. The 26-year-old scored two goals in 11 appearances throughout the 2013-14 campaign, one of which was a start, per WhoScored.com.

His Gunners career has never hit top stride, largely down to a plethora of incidents brought on by the player. Bendtner was arrested in November on suspicion of criminal damage after he allegedly tried to kick the gym door down in his local apartment block.

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In March, the former Birmingham and Sunderland loanee was said to have "dropped his pants and rubbed himself" on a Copenhagen taxi driver's car, reported by Danish newspaper BT (via Dominic Fifield of The Guardian).

Sticking to the theme of pants, Bendtner was fined £80,000 and banned for one international game after showing his sponsor-themed underwear in June 2012. This, of course, comes after the player, who has never netted more than eight goals in a Premier League season, suggested his next move would be to Real Madrid or Barcelona, as per Danish paper Politiken (via Gordon Tynan of The Independent).

If true, the Spanish giants can now pick him up for free.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MARCH 25:  Bacary Sagna of Arsenal reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Swansea City at Emirates Stadium on March 25, 2014 in London, England.  (Photo by Julian Finney/Getty Images)
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Other Arsenal exits were already publicly confirmed, with Sagna and Fabianski completing their deals prior to the club's announcement, as per BBC Sport and Joe Strange of the Daily Mail, respectively.

Charlton also revealed the signing of youngster Zak Ansah at the beginning of June. He is scheduled to join up with Jason Euell's development squad at The Valley, as per the coach's statement on the team's website:

We've looked at what Zak brings to us as a player and he fits in with how the club want to move forward. He'll be 21 come the end of the season and he's the sort of player that, we hope, can make a difference to our first-team.

Park Chu-young barely made an impression since joining Arsenal in 2011, while youngsters Chuks Aneke, Daniel Boateng, Zach Fagan and Leander Siemann will be hoping to continue their development elsewhere.

LONDON, ENGLAND - MAY 18: Arsene Wenger the manager of Arsenal FC celebrates with players and the FA Cup onboard the Arsenal team bus during the Arsenal FA Cup Victory Parade in Islington, London on May 18, 2014 in London, England. (Photo by Steve Bardens
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Loanee Kim Kallstrom, Arsene Wenger's only January signing, made just one start during his time with the club. This is one more than Emiliano Viviano, who heads back to Palermo without making an appearance.

Wenger can now focus on improving his side ahead of a challenging 2014-15 season. Arsenal are expected to invest heavily in a new striker, right-back and squad improvements across the board, indicating a softened wage bill will come in handy.

The French boss faces a difficult task when trying to turn Arsenal into genuine title contenders, but he will be hopeful of building on the club's recent FA Cup success.

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