The Danish striker announced at the beginning of the summer that he would be allowed to leave by Arsene Wenger if a suitable bid was forthcoming. However, despite there being plenty of interest, the player admits that, with three years left on his contract, the club were within their rights to retain his services.
Speaking to Danish media outlet Sporten.dk, Bendtner hinted that Arsenal were charging too high of a price for him, which was warding off potential suitors. He said:
“I cannot do so much, so I take it quietly. It is out of my hands. It’s up to Arsenal. I have three years left on my contract. They do what they do and I do as I do.
“I’m not saying that they [Arsenal] charge too much for me, but that it is out of my hands. I do everything I can and cannot do more, so you can judge for yourself where the problem lies.
“I cannot with 100 percent certainty say that I’m done at Arsenal.
“There has been a lot of concrete interest. A lot. But I focus on my football and doing the best I can. You can only focus on what you are good at. I hope something happens before the transfer window closes.”
In what is truly a bizarre twist of events, it now seems like Marouane Chamakh might be close to leaving the club, on loan. The 27-year-old Moroccan striker has been out of form since the beginning of 2011. Bordeaux president Jean-Loius Triaud said
“If Chamakh wants to come on loan, I’ll take him right now,” said the Bordeaux big-wig who last summer was frustrated at losing his former star man on a free.
“I was a little angry with the player but not the man. But I think he wants to stay in England. When PSG showed interest, he immediately made his position [to stay at Arsenal] known“