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Arsenal outcast Nicklas Bendtner’s tenure as a Gunner is likely to end within the next fortnight as the club has accepted a bid of around £3 million from five different clubs.
Among the five clubs said to have expressed interest are Borussia Monchengladbach, Eintracht Frankfurt and Besiktas and it is now Bendtner’s prerogative to choose from among them. The Dane, who has now resigned to his fate is learnt to have told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet, “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.”
Bendtner joined the Arsenal senior team from it’s youth system in 2005, after being tipped by Arsene Wenger to make a major impact in the Premier League. He, however, failed to live up to expectations and scored only 43 goals in 157 appearances. He has spent the last two years on loan at Sunderland and Juventus respectively, having last worn the Gunners’ jersey in 2011. His last year in Turin has been equally unproductive, from being branded “too fat” to play to failing to score in 11 appearances, it has been a constant upward struggle for the out of favour striker.
Tough times call for tough measures. Having initially turned down an offer from Hamburg in January on the grounds that they weren’t a big enough club, Bendtner seems to have finally bitten the bullet and accepted his reality, “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.” One hopes that the striker old can finally prove his worth, under more conducive playing circumstances, the 25 year old who has never been short of confidence firmly believes so, as he signed off on a pragmatic note, “I can take a step back to take three forward.”
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