Thursday, 17 May 2012

The Curious Case Of Nicklas Bendtner

Well, Nicklas Bendtner has walked back through the Arsenal door after his loan move to Sunderland ended and I'm sure many Gooners would prefer it if he just strolled back out of it again.

His exit could happen too if rumours that Borussia Dortmund are set to put a £2.5m bid in for the Dane are true, although I think that amount of money might just cover the price of his ego.

When I look at Nikki B I think its a shame at how his Arsenal career panned out really. Deep down, hidden behind the bravado, is a decent player in my book. I think Arsene Wenger believes so too.

I know that Bendtner borders on delusional with how good he thinks he is and that arrogance doesn't really endear him to anyone. Except Steve Bruce's daughter. Who he slept with. Apparently. 

And that is his biggest problem, that belief that he is better than Pele and Maradona combined. He probably, and honestly, thinks he is better than those two.

Now there is nothing wrong with believing in yourself. Every top footballer has that steely belief that they are the best. Look at Robbie Savage. 

But Nikki went too far with how he viewed himself. He and his father (his agent) piped up so much last season, or the campaign before, that Wenger had no option but to let him leave the club.

He only left on loan though, and I happen to think (I may be wrong) that was down to Arsene not wanting to let him go permanently.

In my view (however misguided it may seem) the Arsenal gaffer wanted to keep Nicklas at the club in the long term and let him go short-term to see what life would be like outside of the Emirates.

To give him a taste that the grass isn't greener on the other side as it were.

I mean no disrespect to Sunderland but maybe Wenger thought that a move to the North-East would bring him down a peg or two. Or three or four. 

What has happened is the Danish striker hasn't exactly set the world alight, at The Stadium of Light, and to be fair the ego remains the same and his comments about leaving means there is one option open to him.

Germany would probably be a good destination for Nikki to ply his trade. The style of football over there would suit him and I honestly think he would thrive in the Bundesliga.

As I've said he is a decent player and I honestly believed that had he knuckled down and stop thinking he was world-class for 5 minutes he could have developed into a seriously decent striker. Or a self-publicist. 

Unfortunately the boy won't be fulfilling his potential at Arsenal and I think when he has left the club permanently he'll realise that he had a good thing here. Or maybe not. 

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Anonymous said...

The truth is - as always - Wenger's left it too late to sell a player. We could've bagged £10m when he was emerging and it was crazy that Wenger couldnt see he was never gonna make it, instead holding on to him an letting the world know what we've akways known, that he's very average. And now we're being offered about £2.5m which doesn't even cover a years wages we've wasted on him.

How much would we get for Denilson or Djourou or Fabianski or Squillaci or Park or Arshavin? Next to nothing. Wenger preaches about not wasting money but he is the ultimate waster offering huge contracts to z-list players and then selling them on for a loss.

Somneone at the top has to challenge his buy&sell of the last few seasons. The Anelka/Vieira/Overmars bargain buys are long gone. He just buys too much dross.

Anonymous said...

P/ex for lewandowski or kagawa will.suit me fine.

Anonymous said...

No disrespect anon 1 but you do understand how loans work right? Sunderland paid his wages this past season not Arsenal so we didn't lose anything by holding on to him. I agree, however, in that at some point you have to take a hit a sell a player for less then you might want. Having said this, 2.5 million is laughably low by any standards. Hell he scored more than Torres so does that mean he is worth 50+ million? No, only kidding but the usually respected a fairly accurate Transfermarket has him listed at having a value of about 6.5 million, down from about 9-10 last year. I think that this is a fair reflection of his value. I'd probably be happy to sell him for anything over 5 million, however, just so he's off the books.


Anonymous said...

Whats in the past is in the past - if we lose funds on NB then so be it. Aslong as we don't offer him a new contract and get rid ASAP as well as other other dead wood names we have then I'd be as happy as can be. Let's hope RVP signs a new deal and we sign 2/3 players that have hunger for challenging titles, Arsenal would be a genuine threat in all competitions next season. GUNNER 4 LIFE!!!!!

Anonymous said...

actually anon 21:15, loan does not mean the payers wages are paid by the club he plays for. In the majority of big club players going to smaller clubs, the big clubs usually part-pays the wages. I do not believe for one second Sunderland would've agreed to pay Bendtner £60k a week, so not only did we not have him available, we paid some of his wages for absolutely nothing and watched his value decrease in 12 months. a terrible decision that Wenger keeps getting away with with his ludicrous rewarding of utter donkeys. Why didnt Squillaci or Denilson sign for other teams? because no-one would meet their wages. Djourou signed a contract extension this season!!! Djourou is the worst defender I've seen at Arsenal since Gus Ceasar. Senderos was better than Djourou!

Mighty Kenny of the Shires said...

do we knowif Steve Bruce's daughter was good in bed?

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