Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has hinted that striker Nicklas Bendtner may have played his final game for the North London club, as reported by Daily Mirror.
The Danish forward was questioned by policemen in Copenhagen on Tuesday night; while his team mates were facing Bayern Munich in the Champions League, after he allegedly had a row with a taxi driver.
Wenger confirmed that the 26 year old would face sanctions from the club following the unauthorised trip home and when asked whether this was the ‘final straw’ for the player, he said:
Look, he’s at the end of the contract at the end of the season.
Honestly, I don’t know what happened [in Copenhagen]. I haven’t spoken to him [Bendtner]. The only thing that is for sure, he had nothing to do in Copenhagen.
Nobody gave him any permission to go to Copenhagen. He will be fined for that. For the rest, has he created some trouble? I don’t know. I will speak to him today.
Bendtner showed a lot of promise in his early days which never materialised and his desire to leave the club will undoubtedly be matched to that of Wenger and Arsenal. He has been the source of controversy over the whole of his Arsenal career and recently claimed he has been portrayed poorly and made out as a psychopath.
He had a great chance of proving his worth when Wenger decided against signing a striker in both the summer and winter windows, but he failed to do so. His negative influence is growing and with the team challenging for their first Premier League title in a decade, they do not need to deal with the off-field headlines caused by his antics.
It’s looking inevitable that he will leave the Gunners at the end of the season. He would be better suited to a smaller club where the pressure and expectations are not as intense, but I feel his time at the top level of European football appears to have come to an end.
With Bendtner certain to leave when his contract expires in June, we’re going to need to bring in at least one striker and ideally the boss should sign an established name who can actually push Olivier Giroud for a starting spot.
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