Nicklas Bendtner is nearing his Arsenal exit after reports emerged that multiple clubs have tabled official offers for the Danish striker.
The 25 year old was quoted telling Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet: “Arsenal have agreed with five clubs so now it is up to me to make a choice. I will make that choice within the next 14 days. They are all good clubs. It is a hugely important choice I’m faced with. I must go where I am wanted. As a footballer, there is only one thing that can make you happy: playing time.”
The 6ft 4in tall striker has fallen out of favour with manager Arsene Wenger after his inconsistent performances for the North London club yielded a mere 49 goals in 149 appearances. He was told by Wenger two years ago that he is free to ply his trade elsewhere as the club no longer need his services. However, the Dane failed to find a new permanent home and was subsequently loaned out to Sunderland and most recently to Juventus. But his performances for the aforementioned two clubs have been even more disastrous with Bendtner managing only 8 goals in 30 appearances at the Stadium of Light and failing to find the net even once in his 11 appearances for the Turin Giants this season.
However, Bendtner has never lacked in confidence. Despite being labelled “too fat to play” by Juventus’ officials, the Dane has always considered himself as possessing great ability. The 25 year old rejected a move to Hamburg in January stating that the club were not big enough for him. He has now brought his feet on the ground and has become more humble in his decisions. He said: “Will it be good for me to go to a big club where I risk the bench? No, I’d rather go somewhere where the club is located just below the top where I can play every week. I can take a step back to take three forward.”
Meanwhile, Arsene Wenger is looking forward to salvage at least half of the market value of the £6m rated forward. With offers reportedly from clubs like Borussia Monchengladbach, Eintracht Frankfurt and Besiktas in the reckoning, the Dane still has a couple of places to head to where he might be wanted.