Gunners on loan striker Nicklas Bendtner has refused to rule out a return to Arsenal despite sparking controversy recently by stating he would be open to a Spurs move.
The ‘Great Dane’ is on his second consecutive season long loan away from the Emirates, this time with former Serie A champions Juventus where he has struggled for game time, after arriving unfit and overweight in August from his holidays post-Euro 201.
It is expected the 24-year-old would be sold regardless at the end of this season, however Bendtner still feels that he could have a future with the club as he did not in fact leave on bad terms. But for now he is focused on his year with Juve.
He told Sky Sports:
It’s difficult – I feel a lot of things for Arsenal, most good things. I left, not on bad terms but not on great terms.
At the moment, my future is here at Juventus. Beyond that, it can lie at Arsenal or elsewhere. It’s not 100 per cent decided, but my focus is on Juventus.
My car crash changed a lot of things. It took a long time to get over that. Remember, I had 30 games at Sunderland. A lot of things happened for me to be there.
Now I am where I want to be, at a Champions League club. It requires hard work and I know I need to get more games to achieve success.
I’ve had to lose weight. That happens when you don’t train for a long time, but I am now perfect weight-wise. I am where I need to be to get regular games.
It really is exceptionally difficult to see him heading back to Arsenal regardless of how well he plays. If he has a decent season he will want to stay with Juventus, or if it doesn’t go to plan then Arsenal will offload him anyway (if they can). He would be a better option upfront then Chamakh, but the self titled ‘Worlds Best Striker’ is not our answer to the Gunners striking woes.
The best we can hope for is that he has a decent loan spell at Juve, knocks in some goals, his price tag rises, he stays away from the pies over the summer and is then sold for a reasonable sum. His contract is set to expire in 2014, so this season is make or break for him if he wants to play for a Champions League side after his loan spell.
What do you think about Bendtner’s comments? Do you think he’s just trying to keep his options open if he fails to make the grade at Juventus? Or does he genuinely believe he has a future with the Gunners? Feel free to comment below or in allArsenal’s forum under the ‘Great’ Dane’s thread.