Could Denmark help Arsenal to offload Bendtner?

An announcement that is set to infuriate Arsenal about want-away striker Nicklas Bendtner even more is that the 25 year old has been left out of the Denmark national team squad ahead of their next game. The decision supposedly solely comes so Bendtner can ‘find a new club’, however I feel that the national side may also be fed up with the striker’s antics, not to mention his form isn’t exactly the best either, having struggled massively over the last 2-3 years.

It isn’t the first time the Denmark national side management have had their say on Bendtner with manager Morton Olsen previously stating that the striker should stop demanding the money and just join a team that could offer regular playing time, and so I suppose Olsen’s latest comments could also be a reflection about the fact there has been no progress since then.

Olsen said, “I don’t know, hopefully there will be something relating to his club situation and we hope that everything will come together for him”

Arsenal officials and fans alike will no doubt be as desperate to move Bendtner on as he says he is to leave, however the problem is it seems he will only move to a champions league team that can offer big money wages AND regular game time at the same time. The unfortunate thing for Bendtner and Arsenal is that isn’t going to happen. The Danish striker has had plenty of offers and at the moment Spanish side Malaga seem to be the club in the front running for him at the moment, however we’ve also seen him reject around 8 clubs already this summer, in most of which he would have been a key player.

I really don’t know what Bendtner is up to anymore because if you’re as desperate to leave Arsenal as he says then surely you’d accept the first reasonable offer away and I believe he has had several suitable clubs come in for him. It’s clear that his hype has got to his head and that he’s become nothing but a cocky yet sulky player, who at the moment seems to be concentrating on his jewellery business far more than his professional footballing career. Hopefully the decision by his national team might finally make him realise his real situation.

Arsenal loan players make an impression at the Euros

It may be sacrilegious to make such a comment, but I’ll make it all the same. As a Gooner I really find it hard to be too excited about the European Championship, the World Cup or any international competition.

Sure I enjoy watching football, because that’s what those of us who love the beautiful game do far too frequently. I am a proud Englishman and want my national team to do well, but I find it difficult to cheer on an England team containing the likes of Terry, Cole and Parker; players I despise.

Arsenal is my first love, so when I watched England play France I was interested in seeing the performance of the Ox and sadly only a couple of minutes of Theo.

While Arsenal play beautiful, sophisticated, slick passing football; England play dull, turgid one dimensional football that is all too predictable.

It is of course no coincidence that the one English midfielder with the ability to make things happen is an Arsenal player. That the English national team is bereft of midfield quality apart from Jack Wilshere is a serious indictment of those running English football. Arsene Wenger has proved time after time that he knows how to develop young talent and it is England’s loss and Arsenal’s gain that he manages our club.

There was a real buzz watching Lukas Podoloski playing for Germany and his presence, plus the likely arrival of Olivier Giroud from Montpelier will hopefully convince RvP that Arsenal are likely to be serious contenders for top honours next season.

These signings also suggest that the Professor will have a more defined plan B, adding Giroud’s strength and aerial prowess to Arsenal armoury. While Arsenal will never play long ball football, there are times when this option is necessary.

If Ivan Gazidis’s comments that Arsenal plan to buy quality rather than quantity come to fruition then I am confident that the 2012/13 season will be a remarkable one for Arsenal and one that will see a return of silverware.

With one round of matches in Euro 2012 now complete, there have been mixed fortunes for current and ex-Arsenal players. RvP lacked his usual sharpness, missing chances he would normally have buried; while Szczesny in the Polish goal had a nightmare, being partly responsible for the Greek goal and also collecting a red card. However Bendtner, in a very different role, impressed for the Danes.

But for many of us Gooners, the performance of Andrei Arshavin raises a number of questions. How can a player be so bad for one club and so good for another? In the few months since returning to Zenit St. Petersburg on loan, he has by all accounts been outstanding, both for club and country; while in the first half of the season in red of Arsenal he was often an embarrassment.

Arshavin looked the perfect match for Arsenal and had some outstanding matches, but overall was a disappointment and worse often looked disinterested. It is clear that the player did not want to live in London and while it is not always easy to identify such a problem in a player, maybe the club should consider the player’s mindset as well as his fotballing qualities before making a purchase.

On the subject of mindset, if Samir Nasri, is as reported, surplus to requirements at Manchester City, should we consider trying to lure him back to the Emirates? He was so desperate to leave Arsenal; yet seeing him give a man of the match performance and score a quality goal against England makes you realise what value he could add to our team.

About the writer

Phil Harris has been a season ticket holder at the Emirates and Highbury before it for 20 years. He maintains a critical eye on all thing Arsenal and sports and in his spare time can be found gambling at

Mertesacker – Germany are in the hardest group at the Euros

The Arsenal defender Per Mertesacker has just played his first competitive game since injuring himself in February, and it ended in a 5-3 defeat for Germany at the hands of European minnows Switzerland, but the big centre-back thinks that the team will be back on Song by the time the tournament proper comes along.

“Yesterday was very disappointing for us but we’re looking forward to the tournament,” he told Sky Sports News.

“It’s in two weeks and we’ll be in good shape I think.”

Germany have been drawn into the “Group of Death” at Euro 2012 against Portugal, Denmark and the Netherlands, but Mertesacker is not unduly worried.

“It’s the toughest group in the Euros but we have great experience in the last few tournaments,” he said. “Therefore we are very confident and hopefully we can do a good job.”

Considering that Holland were beaten 2-1 by Bulgaria, Denmark lost 3-1 to Brazil and Portugal were held to a 0-0 draw by Macedonia, Mertesacker has every right to feel as confident as anyone else!