Bendtner wants to leave his mark at Arsenal
Nicklas Bendtner might be the most out of favor in the history of Arsenal, yet the Danish striker has somehow managed to turn himself into quite a character. The Danish striker will most probably leave the Emirates this summer, but before doing so Bendtner has promised to make an impact at Arsenal.
Bendtner realizes he might have few opportunities to make an impact since an ankle injury has decreased the time he had. The 26-year-old tumultuous spell at Arsenal has seen the player been loaned out to a number of different clubs like Birmingham City and Juventus.
The Dane was close to moving out of Arsenal last summer, when Eintracht Frankfurt and Crystal Palace failed to arrive with deals. Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger reappeared to the scene and offered Bendtner a chance to reestablish himself at Arsenal.
Bendtner is now in line behind the young forward Yaya Sanogo and Arsenal’s leading striker Olivier Giroud. Still the rumor mill suggests that Bendtner will opt for an exit move once his contract with Arsenal expires.
Bendtner had the opportunity to impress at Wembley when Denmark played against England on Wednesday. The striker was unable to do much up the field with England picking up a late winner to win the game 1-0.
Wenger believes the striker can still make an impact before the end of the season. Bendtner is keen on leaving the Gunners on a high note, but it all depends on his recovery now.
“Well, I am trying to keep myself as fit and sharp as possible,” Bendtner said. “It is difficult when you only train, but I hope to play more obviously. You can train as much as you like, but there is a big difference between training a lot and playing games on a regular basis. I could feel within myself that I have not played in a long time, but I am looking to make the change.”
Denmark had a couple of good opportunities to lead the scoreboard and equalize, but they weren’t able to take advantage of it. Daniel Sturridge scored the late winner, but it England could have been up by a couple of more goals had it not been the Danish shot-stopper.
“The goalkeeper [Kasper Schmeichel] had a fantastic game and in the end they got the goal. It could have been a different game if we had scored our chance in the first half,” Bendtner added.