The Denmark international was reportedly on the verge of securing a permanent move in the summer before Arsene Wenger opted to keep him due to his lack of cover for first-choice striker Olivier Giroud.
The 25-year-old, who spent last season on loan at Italian champions Juventus, has spoken of his disappointment that a permanent move away from the Emirates Stadium failed to materialise.
According to Danish newspaper Berlingske, he said:
I had it all in place, there were three clubs who were just waiting for me to say yes to one of them.
It was not the mindset I had [to stay at Arsenal]. I was incredibly disappointed when he [Wenger] called because I was ready to move on. And I actually did not think that they wanted to keep me.
When I had been at the club since I was 16, I found it totally ridiculous that they had placed me in the reserves and let me train by myself.
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Suddenly everything was back to normal as I trained with the first team, I hung out with the first team, I had a dietician again. From being completely out to be completely with it again.
Bendtner was booed by a section of Arsenal fans during the 66 minutes he played against Chelsea before being replaced by Giroud, and he has been targeted on social media sites as well. He added:
I will not be upset by that sort of thing.
That is how it is to be a football player. But I need to keep me strong, I begin to listen or even believe in them, I can quickly force myself into a black hole.
Right now I’m the easy prey to them because I want to get away from the club, and Arsenal do not want to keep me. And these haters – they always choose the easy option. Basically, it is unfair to pig me when I had my club transfer in place in the summer and Wenger told me to be.
The comments are unlikely to go down well with Wenger, especially on the eve of the club’s biggest game of the season against Manchester United. Over the course of his career he has shown a reluctance to accept any responsibility for his behaviour or failure to progress as would many have expected from him.
He’s been given a fantastic opportunity to train and play for one of the best clubs in the world, yet he sounds agitated despite Wenger placing yet more trust in him. But there is an immense pressure to perform without regular playing opportunities, so maybe he cannot hack it at the pinnacle of football anymore…Yet he continues to perform well on the international stage.
Nevertheless he has gone too far this time because the Gunners boss placed immense trust in him by stating he can still be the best. But the Danish international has again failed to please the fans with his performances which resulted in the boos during the Chelsea match, its foolish to blame the Frenchman for his own inability to perform. He had an opportunity to gain some match time until January before moving on, but his big mouth could land him in hot water and may put his ability to wear the Arsenal jersey again in major doubt.
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