Want-a-way Gunners striker Nicklas Bendtner has reiterated his desire to never return to the North London side again after his loan spell at Sunderland ends, however he has prioritized Champions League football above all.
The ‘Great Dane’ has impressed since his loan arrival at Sunderland netting twice this season, however they currently are placed just above the relegation zone. He holds high hopes for his side and believes they can push for a Champions League place (confidence always flows through his veins), but insists they must ‘put their skates on’ and climb their way up the table before it is too late. Bendtner may require some football betting tips to open his eyes to the fact that Sunderland’s most impressive finish in the Premier League is tenth place last season, and will be an amazing accomplishment to qualify for the Europa League alone.
Bendtner endured an undulating experience at Arsenal where he spent six years, and despite contributing eight goals in 32 appearances for the Gunners last term, his season was plagued by injuries and loss of form consequently leading the Danish international to reiterate his desire to move on. Although clubs enquired for his services after Wenger allowed Bendtner to open talks for a summer transfer, nothing concrete ever eventuated which lead to a temporary deal with Sunderland, and his last days the Emirates.
Bendtner told SkySports:
As I have said before, I will not return to Arsenal.
I never really got the chance and then I was unfortunate with injuries. But now I will hopefully have a good season at Sunderland and with a fantastic European Championship ahead, it looks positive.
I want to play in the Champions League.
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Of course I can do that with Sunderland but that means we have to put our skates on.
I had lots of offers this summer but I chose Sunderland.
There were some things which were more important at that time.
Right now what is best for me at Sunderland is football, football and football. It is all about playing games.
Bendtner received an earful from most of the Arsenal faithful last season, however he surely is a better striker than Chamakh when he is played in his preferred position rather than on the wing. Wenger had previously stated that Bendtner would not necessarily be sold and not to rule out a return to North London, however the self proclaimed “best striker in the world” has surely burnt his bridges now.
The most that Arsenal can hope for now is a successful Premier League and Euro 2012 campaigns for Bendtner where he can win the golden boots (he’s confessed that he is the running, watch out Robin van Persie) which will consequently raise the Gunners asking price for the forward. THEN Wenger can splash out on an established forward such as a Podolski, Benzema or even a Rodallega.