Denmark boss: ‘Wenger isn’t getting the best out of Bendtner’
Nicklas Bendtner’s national team manager “cannot understand” why Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists on playing the Danish striker on the right wing.
Bendtner was a key figure for Arsene Wenger’s men last season as the team struggled to cope with a long-term injury to Robin van Persie.
However, the 23-year-old has struggled to break into the Gunners starting eleven this season after the emergence of fellow striker Marouane Chamakh. When handed a start in the team during this campaign, Wenger has opted to play Bendtner on the right wing – much to Denmark coach Martin Olsen’s dismay.
“I can not believe that Arsene Wenger plays Nicklas out on the right wing. He has played there a few times before and it did not fit his playing style,” Olsen claims.
“Nicklas is a central striker who need to be pulled out slightly to the left, from which he can then move into the pitch and use his good trickery. Nicklas struggles on the right wing because he has to continually cut inside. This is not his strength.”
Bendtner has made seven appearances in the Premier League this season, scoring two goals. He’s also expected to start against England on 9 February when Denmark face Fabio Capello’s men.