On what was consider to be a pretty exciting day with the news and rumours of Mesut Ozil’s imminent arrival at the club, many forgot that what was meant to be happening in terms of players leaving the club and in fact, Arsenal have been left with what many consider as a massive blow on transfer deadline day with the news that we failed to ship out Nicklas Bendtner.
Bendtner has been touted to leave the Emirates stadium all summer, and was listed as one of the many many players we had as deadwood at Arsenal, however every single one of them managed to find a new club aside from two players Park and Bendtner.
Firstly Park’s situation seems to be a bit unknown with some reports stating he is still on military duty, whilst other reliable sources on social networking site Twitter seem adamant that Park’s contract was paid off. Hopefully Arsenal will clear up that situation very quickly.
However, saying that, reports also quickly spread on deadline day from the Mirror that Arsenal had also paid off Bendtner’s contract, yet despite those reports it seems very clear to me that Bendtner is still at Arsenal and seemingly going to be part of the team for this season.
Before stints at Sunderland and Juventus, Bendtner had made it very clear that he wanted out of Arsenal and that he had no intention of playing for the Gunner again. Because of this it seemed certain that he was on his way out this summer, and we weren’t particularly wrong! He had several offers from across Europe however he wasn’t interested in a single one, which leads me to believe perhaps he wasn’t as desperate to leave as first seemed (or they wouldn’t match his extortionate wage demands!)
Then deadline day moves to Hull City and Crystal Palace also broke down and it’s left Arsenal and Bendtner in a tricky situation. However despite their differences it seems both have come to the agreement that Bendtner will play for Arsenal again and the Great Dane has made it clear he is committed to Arsenal.
Bendtner made a very long-winded statement saying: “It’s no secret that Arsenal and myself had agreed that I could leave the club during the 2013 summer transfer window subject to an agreement between all parties. An agreement had been reached with more than one club this week but as Arsenal were unable to secure the services of another striker, they reserved their right to not sanction any deal to be concluded. Naturally, I was very disappointed as I was looking forward to a new challenge, with a new club and a fresh start in English football.
“Many things have been said about where my future lies after many years at Arsenal; The truth is I just want to play football which is when I’m happiest – and Arsenal is a fantastic environment for any professional to ply their trade. I still feel very strongly about Arsenal Football Club and following positive talks with the Manager, I am looking forward to working hard to regain full fitness and doing my very best to help the team and the Manager fulfil our objectives and ambitions this season.
“I’ve learnt a lot from my loan experiences at Sunderland and Juventus and I want to assure all Arsenal fans that I will give everything I have to contribute to what I believe will be a successful season for the club.”
After troubles in the past with Bendtner let’s hope we can finally end the dispute and he puts in an improved effort for us and if I’m honest I wouldn’t be surprised to see him become a regular backup striker at Arsenal once again.