According to The Daily Mail, Gunners want-away striker Nicklas Bendtner has performed a u-turn and could in fact move permanently to Sunderland after his loan spell ends. Meanwhile French flop Sebastien Squillaci has been reportedly offered to Spanish outfit Espanyol in an attempt to remove him from Arsenal’s wage list.
Nicklas Bendtner initially stated that he would only consider penning a permanent deal if Sunderland qualified for the Champions League which is highly unlikely.
However the Great Dane has corrected these ‘false’ comments and insists that staying on at Wearside has it’s appeal, but he will miss Europe’s elite competition:
I have not ruled out staying here, but I have not spoken so much about it. I just want to enjoy the year I have here and then see what happens in the summer.
I have never hidden the fact I am very keen to play in the Champions League again, but I also read I had said if I do not play in the Champions League I will not be playing for Sunderland. But then, that is how they do it. They always misinterpret Danish into English.
[On regular first team football] It has been nice to be at a club where you feel wanted. You just have to try and make the most of that.
It is not nice to be not playing and it just gets you down basically. You are not happy unless you are playing week in, week out.
It does not matter where you are and what league you are playing – you want to be playing. You do not want to be stuck.
Meanwhile out of favour Gunners central defender Sebastien Squillaci has been offered to Espanyol according to The Daily Mail. The Frenchman only arrived at the Emirates in a £6million deal last summer, and the 31-year-old became a first team regular for large portions last year with Vermaelen missing the majority of the last campaign and Djourou too missing.
Squillaci has only made one appearance this season for the Gunners first team, and has been on the end of a fair bit of stick from the Arsenal faithful in the past.
West Ham have already expressed an interest in signing Squillaci on loan, while mega-rich Russian club Anzhi Makhachkala are apparently also monitoring the situation and are ready to rival Espanyol’s interest which is believed to be in the form of a £3m bid. If a few clubs are interested then it could potentially up the Frenchman’s price tag if there are a series of clubs involved in a bidding war.
With Squillaci resigned to playing just the odd Carling Cup/FA Cup match, it seems inevitable that he will try to seek a January move away from North London whether it is permanent or not remains the question. Wenger has ruled out moving for Bolton’s Gary Cahill and with promising young players in Miquel and Bartley waiting in the wings for their chance to shine at the Emirates, it seems unlikely that Squillaci will be replaced.
In terms of Bendtner, it is great that he is performing well and getting game time at Sunderland as this will bolster his price tag nicely. Many Gunner fans will be relieved to see the back of the self-titled ‘Greatest Stiker in the World’, and hopefully the cash from his transfer can be utilized to fund a big money move for an established striker such as Podolski or Benzema.