The Denmark International had disappointing loan spells at Juventus and Sunderland, however he attracted lot of interest from a host of clubs including Crystal Palace,hull city and West Brom.
Wenger has now suggested that he blocked the 25-year-old’s potential move away from Emirates Stadium due to Arsenal’s lack of attacking options and says he is convinced that the forward can still be an important player for the north London club during the course of the season.
Speaking to Arsenal official website, he said:
I had a chat with him because I blocked his move. I wanted him to stay in the end because I felt that we were short up front, that Sanogo might need a few months to adapt.
As well as that Nicklas Bendtner, with the right state of mind and the right focus, has the quality to help the squad to win things.
He was honest. He is an honest guy. We want complete commitment and focus from him and he promised that. Nicklas Bendtner, with complete focus and commitment, will be a very strong player in our squad.
The success of Olivier Giroud up front for the Gunners so far this season has led to questions over who will fill in his spot if the Frenchman picks up an injury. Both Podolski and Walcott can play as make shift strikers but Arsene Wenger seems to have his reservations over whether they can fully perform as a sole striker as opposed to playing off of someone else.
With Wenger himself suggesting that Sanogo needs more time the only option left for the Gunners is Bendtner. His career has so far been plagued by his poor decision making, but he’s not a stupid man and will realize that this could be last season to prove himself to both fans and critics alike.
Despite his undeniable arrogance, Bendtner is not at all a bad player. He is powerful in the air and can be an effective finisher. His time spent playing on the flank improved his close control and hold-up play. His record at international level remains very impressive with 22 goals from 55 caps and is a testament to his ability.
The biggest question marks are over his application and team ethic. The current Arsenal squad is full of selfless players who play for the good of the club. Conversely, Bendtner has always seemed something of an individualist. But it’s a very encouraging sign that Bendtner has addressed any possible questions over his desire to be an Arsenal player. The recent statement indicates that his presence in the Arsenal squad will undoubtedly be seen as a positive sign.
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