Bendtner was strongly linked with a permanent move away from the Emirates last summer, but potential suitors seemed few and far between with the big Dane resorting to a temporary move to Sunderland instead.
With the Black Cats Bendtner has had a respectable season scoring 8 goals and providing 6 assists from 28 starting appearances, although reports suggest that a permanent move to the Stadium of Light is doubtful.
Bendtner said to Danish football magazine Tipsbladet on his future:
I am ready for new challenges. I have heard about concrete interest from other clubs, who sound interesting, but I can’t say more than that right now.
After all, I am still under contract with Arsenal, so I have to get back to Arsenal and talk to them first.
On the specific matter of staying with Arsenal, I have to say I need something new to happen for me. There is no panic thinking about my future. Now, it’s all about Euro 2012 for Denmark and afterwards I can look at my club future.
Personally speaking, I would have preferred to have Bendtner in the Arsenal squad this season ahead of the likes of Marouane Chamakh and Park Chu-Young. He definitely would have been a more useful player for Arsene Wenger.
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But in saying this, the big Dane also has big head and seemed to rate himself much higher than a bit-part player at Arsenal, which in the end lead to his departure from the Emirates.
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