His contract will be over at the end of the season and the million dollar question is will he sign another one? I would give anything to be a fly on the wall when the Arsenal squad is discussing Nicklas Bendtner. He can write a book at his tender age of 25 years and still would not have exhausted all he has gone through.
Let’s take our minds a couple of years back when Van Persie was ridiculously sent off against Barcelona. Of course that was the main talking point after the game yet no one ever talks about the late chance Bendtner had in that game that would have sent us through to the next round. The amount of time that he had to score was so much that he could have gone, made himself a cup of tea and come back and the defender would still not have arrived in time to make the save.
Time stood still and everyone held their breath and hoped against hope because after all it was Bendtner on the ball. The attempt on goal was feeble at best and we went on to lose the game. I’m not one to hold a grudge so let bygones be bygones.
This season we all expected to see the back of Bendtner after a loan in Turin. He was extremely frustrated to say the least when he was told by Arsene Wenger that he had to stay and made sure he voiced his frustrations every chance he got. I would have loved to interview him and get his opinion on the team spirit in the Arsenal camp and whether he felt like a part of it. A couple of off field antics later plus an anonymous game against Chelsea in the league cup and nothing had changed. Same old Bendtner.
On 4th December, he started a league game against Hull and finally I saw glimpses of why Wenger wanted to keep him. It was not the fact that he scored in the second minute but the overall work rate he showed as well as his massive body size where he easily fended off defenders. The confidence boost that he got with that goal was there for everyone to see. Somehow I wanted to see more of Bendtner after that and see if it was a one off game.
Then he came in as a sub against Cardiff and scored in the 88th minute and his celebration made it clear he is part of the Arsenal revolution taking place. He has definitely made his contribution to the team this current campaign but does he really deserve a contract at the end of the season? In my opinion, its too early to say whether he does but he is definitely on the right track. If he did get a contract he would have come far from the guy who vowed to never play for Arsenal again!