Arsenal are really starting to scrape the bottom of the barrel. Arsene Wenger has conceded the self confessed ‘Best Striker in the World’ may pull on a red and white this season as the Frenchman flaps around in the transfer market.
The Gunners have not only struggled to bring in a marquee striker this summer but their only current option up front is Olivier Giroud with Lukas Podolski injured for at least two months. Yaya Sanogo is still a very raw talent and is clearly not ready for first team action Theo Walcott can provide depth up front but Arsenal also have no wingers to cover him. So naturally the best solution is to use another free option, someone who is already on Arsenal’s books – Nicklas Bendtner.
The Danish international fell out with Wenger back in 2011 when he failed to become a first team regular and has consequently spent two seasons on loan at Sunderland and then Juventus. He has since struggled to find a new team after pricing himself out of any deal despite Arsenal’s best efforts to actually sell him.
The forward even stated he would never play for Arsenal again in November 2011, however since then he has realized how a bad a statement that was and has since mentioned on a few occasions that he could still have a future with the Gunners.
Wenger said in his pre-match press conference:
The chances for him to leave now are very small.
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If he does not leave and prepares well, and is fit, really fit, then I will use him.
He is not training [with the first team] at the moment because he is coming back from injury and is not ready to integrate into the training sessions.
I had always rated Bendtner when he played for the Gunners, he showed great promise as a youngster but since he has struggled with injuries and pure stupidity. His career has faltered and for him to be integrated back into the squad because Wenger is too stubborn to pull out his wallet is a disgrace.
Patience is wearing thin, very thin. He has only a few days left to actually do something – anything in the market. It will take a really big name to help us forget what an abysmal transfer window it will be this summer, and that is even unlikely as there are limited options available at this stage of the season.
If Bendtner does in fact turn his career around, gets fit and starts scoring goals for the Gunners then I will take my hat off to him, but regardless if he is to be Giroud’s only out-and-out backup this season then this will be and should be Wenger’s last at the helm.