Nicklas Bendtner Explains Arrest for Criminal Damage at Arsenal Star's Home

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 26, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 19:  Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal reacts during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Norwich City at Emirates Stadium on October 19, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Paul Gilham/Getty Images)
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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has offered a full explanation after he was arrested for causing serious criminal damage at his apartment block in Bushey, Hertfordshire.

As reported by Piers Eady of the Mirror, the misfiring Gunners forward was quizzed after a window was smashed and the door to a gym was kicked, leaving damage on the property:

Neighbours allegedly said they had heard the sound of doors being kicked in and windows smashed in the gym and pool area.

CCTV footage also emerged apparently showing people at an outside door to the flats just after 1am.

Bendtner took to Instagram to explain himself, insisting he was merely attempting to deal with a malfunctioning door.

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Police earlier questioned residents who reportedly saw a man entering through the smashed window and trying to kick his way through the locked gym door in the early hours of the morning, as noted in Eady's report.

"I could hear people smashing the doors," a resident said. "I shouted for them to stop but a man yelled abuse at me. You could hear the door being smashed time and time again."

Bendtner was cautioned by the police after training on Nov. 25.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - NOVEMBER 10:  Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal walks off with his team-mates at the end of the Barclays Premier League match between Manchester United and Arsenal at Old Trafford on November 10, 2013 in Manchester, England.  (Photo by Ale
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"A 25-year-old man from Bushey has been cautioned for criminal damage," a spokeswoman from the local police confirmed. "He was released and is no longer in custody."

So often outlined as an egotistical outlaw, Bendtner has had several previous brushes with the law since moving to England.

As noted by BBC News, he was banned from driving for speeding at 103mph back in 2012, while later that year, he was found guilty of driving without a license or insurance, per Paul Byrne of the Mirror.

WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - SEPTEMBER 25:  Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal goes down injured during the Capital One Cup third round match between West Bromwich Albion and Arsenal at The Hawthorns on September 25, 2013 in West Bromwich, England.  (Photo by Jamie
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The latest report is an unwanted distraction for both player and manager, as Arsene Wenger attempts to keep his league leaders settled in pursuit of silverware.

Regardless of his minimal impact on Arsenal's campaign so far, Bendtner remains the only genuine cover for Olivier Giroud until the Gunners can find alternatives in January. Theo Walcott can play through the centre, but Bendtner offers the strength and height that Giroud brings to the Arsenal attack.

Arsenal are about to enter a busy period of the season, which will see them play seven games in less than a month. The physical strain will likely take its toll on Giroud, so Wenger will need Bendtner's mind in the right place.

The Dane recently claimed his next move would be Real Madrid or Barcelona, reported by Gordon Tynan of The Independent, despite the player's inability to score or start a game this season.

Wenger must keep his mind focused on Arsenal, at least until January. Disturbances like that reported at his own house will do little to ease his manager's mind.

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