Feb 25

‘Bendtner would benefit from leaving Arsenal’, says Gunners legend

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner would ‘benefit from leaving Arsenal’ due to the amount of players ahead of him in his position, according to former Gunners forward Alan Smith.

The 23-year-old joined the Arsenal youth academy from Copenhagen in the summer of 2004. Bendtner then made his first team debut in November 2005, but has failed to secure regular first team football ever since.

“He [Bendtner] is in a difficult situation. If Robin van Persie avoids injuries, he has difficulty getting into the team. There is also Chamakh. So I can imagine that he will change clubs [in the summer]. He’s been in and out of the Arsenal line-up, so maybe it would benefit Nicklas if he found a new club,” Smith told Ekstra Bladet.

“It’s probably best for his career. He is certainly good enough for the Premier League. Maybe not a top four club, but the just below. I don’t think he’ll be short of any offers.”

The Daily Mail reports that if Bendtner does leave in the summer, Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is considering making a move for striker Kevin Gameiro, who has fifteen goals in 22 games for Lorient this season. It would be the second time that Wenger has done business with the French club in recent times, having taken Laurent Koscielny last year.

Bendtner will be included in Sunday’s squad against Birmingham for the Carling Cup final at Wembley.

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15 Responses to “‘Bendtner would benefit from leaving Arsenal’, says Gunners legend”

  1. Groverider says:

    Jesus Smudger, it’s bad enough having the twatalans unsettling our players we don’t need it from our own on the cusp of the biggest run in for years.
    What are you thinking man? For sure anyone with eyes can see Bendtner isn’t anywhere close to being the player he thinks he is and I for one hope he will be sold on come the summer, but now ain’t the time for this!

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  2. arsene wenger says:

    smudger usually says what we dont wanna hear just so he sounds credible as a journo, he was banned from the training ground previously for exactly this

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  3. potter says:

    Smith very rarely says anything positive about the club . He always errs on the other side to avoid being accused of bias. Frequently he goes too far.

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  4. John says:

    Hi gooners it was the shaktar game i remeber alan smith commentating he didnt have a great game and hes been getting stick from smith ever since.

    recently though having watched him play hes getting better, his touch is alot better now, hes creating goals ala squillaci, ie cross for van persie.

    Scoring goals and great goals like the ones against newcastle, ipswich.

    I just think its taken him a long time to recover from his injuries and hes only started to come good.

    I think theres alot more to come from him hes a good squad player to have. Alan Smith is a bit harsh on bendtner considering hes only 23.

    Van persie at 23 wasn’t exactly great was he. he showed flashes but nothing consistent

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  5. eve says:

    niki is a great player, im getting a bit fed up with people picking on our squad, last month it was andrey,whos it gonna be next? theo,leave them alone, they all have their great days and not so great days, when nikis 100% robin could be 40% and vice-versa, they are a team that support each other which makes themall great.

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  6. Red says:

    pottor is spot on, since he moved to sky he’s always been very careful of his words, he’s still a top lad but he tries to hard to be impartial at times. Lee Dixon is way worse tho.

    Winterburn just says what he feels and doesn’t care if he’s bigging up the club he loves, every other ex player of other clubs do it. Only ours dont. Just ask Ian Wright.

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  7. BEZZA says:

    this is a polite way of sayin he isnt good enough for our club.. hes terrible guys. why the support? 6ft4 neva wins a header. poor 1st touch. poor intelligence.. ??????

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  8. supersam8 says:

    ^^BEZZA, you don’t get to watch many arsenal games do you?

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  9. jack says:

    Pray he doesn’t leave, quality striker and has been involved all five goals scored against Barcalona

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  10. Stroller says:

    Aren’t there more important things to write about than this right now Smudger? Only a Cup Final, Champions League and FA Cup games and the best title run in for years. But why not just speculate on what may or may not happen in the summer?

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  11. The BearMan says:

    The likes of Alan Smith, Wrighty, Seaman and George Graham have been a disappointment this season. They have attempted to try their hands at blogging, but ended up revealing a “BITCHINESS” about their characters. How dare we still consider these rogues as Arsenal Legends – I prefer the term “FORGOTTEN heroes”. Men who have so much time on their hands, for a few coins will happily were a skirt. Is the game of golf becoming rather dull these days?

    Imagine Arsenal is on the verge of a major run on all fronts and Alan Smith decides to open his mouth, what falls out. Time for Bendtner to consider a move. Man you are absolutely HOPELESS! His actions sums up his intentions, let me try and mouse my way into the team and create a wedge between the players.

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  12. AmericanGunnerFan says:

    This is precisely NOT the time for Bendtner to make a move away from Arsenal! Sure he could go and become a big-time star at any number of “lesser” clubs–and maybe, in his eagerness to play, he would find that satisfying in the short-term. But, Nikki needs to realize that he and this Arsenal squad are on the verge of making a major breakthrough: a breakthrough that could lead to more titles and accolades and greater recognition than he could ever achieve at a “lesser” club. What every pundit who wonders about whether Bendtner can get enough playing time behind Van Persie and Chamakh to be satisfied fails to recognize is that Nikki doesn’t just play in the central striker role up top in the Arsenal setup: when healthy, he also has logged valuable minutes on the right wing. In that position against Barcelona, Bendtner played a decisive role after coming on for Walcott: it was his presence, as he cut into the middle, that caused Valdez to “cheat” away from the post, leaving Van Persie the space that he needed to score his goal (had Valdez not been “cheating” the way he was, Van Persie could have cut the ball back to Nikki for a tap-in) and Bendtner’s size and activity on the defensive end helped to disrupt Barcelona’s efforts to attack the right side of the Arsenal defense (and the vulnerable Eboue) in the closing stages of the game (something that Walcott could never have done as well). Between filling in for the brittle Van Persie and getting playing time on the right wing against certain clubs (which neither Van Persie nor Chamakh can do as well), Bendtner will get plenty of playing time at Arsenal, given the number of matches that the club plays, if he can stay healthy and continue to improve his overall game.

    Bendtner has shown signs that he just may be on the verge of making a breakthrough in that needed improvement. As has been pointed out, his first touch–a real weak spot if he wants to play as a central striker–has started to get better in recent games. So, too, has his passing. No matter where he plays, Nikki must continue to show improvement and consistency in both of these areas if he wants the kind of playing time that he craves. But, if he can achieve that improvement and consistency with Arsenal, he has a much better chance of achieving the stardom and recognition that he desires as well because, whether they win silverware this season or not, this Arsenal squad is on the verge of becoming serious and dangerous title contenders on all fronts in the coming seasons.

    The progress of the team this season, highlighted by it’s going blow-for-blow with Barcelona in its latest CL contest, is evidence that this core group of players is ready to start winning titles. No matter how well a player performs for a “lesser” club, greater glory and recognition goes to those who play for a club that wins titles–even those who play somewhat lesser roles for that club. If Bendtner continues to improve and sticks around to help Arsenal win the titles that they are now well-poised to challenge for over the next 3-4 years (at least), he will get the recognition, fame and possibly fortune that he seeks. If he leaves Arsenal for a “lesser” club or goes to a title contender where he will sit nearly as much as he has at times at Arsenal, Nikki will not achieve as much of those things as he would by staying with Arsenal. Because his loss would hurt Arsenal to a certain degree, in the short-term Bendtner might benefit a bit from leaving Arsenal, but, in the longer term, it would be a huge mistake. All it would take would be for him to slot home the winner in a CL final or an EPL title clinching victory for Bendtner to become a legend at Arsenal and gain world-wide recognition. Could he get that scoring 20-25 goals for an Aston Villa, Birmingham, Stuttgart, etc. or riding the bench most of the time for AC Milan, Real Madrid or Bayern Munich (where you know he would be competing with 3-4 other world-class strikers for playing time)?

    Nikki needs to think seriously about that. I’m sure that Arsene Wenger will point it out to him. And the pundits who think he should move on to a “lesser” club need to think about that, too, before they either end up encouraging the young man to make a move that won’t be that great for his career or end up with egg on their faces.

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  13. Johnny Hoy says:

    He’s going to Coventry City.

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  14. jhnhgs75 says:

    atho’ now is not the right time to talk about walking out on team, it never really is… these things will always happen at the ‘wrong’ times and it’s a (big) part of man management at the club. human nature..

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  15. Arsene knows says:

    I have said for years that arsene is about to create his third and best squad, best because he did it on a budget while building a new ground, best cos he broke up the invicibles maybe the best football team of all time, best cos he did it with the financially doped which is almost every prem club, plus the obscene chavs, shitty, man spew, best cos of so many youngstyers and so many home grown shez, jd, jw, kg, nb, gc, as, cf, tw so many…. and a sprinkle of clever buys tv, aa, mc, sn…. best cos of the amazing tippy tappy football and all this at the same time as the vile shit spouted on blogs against our amazing arsene… where are they now with thier rubbish eh, beat barca, with a genuine chance to win the league, in both domestic cups… our club is run better than any in the world (only bayern come close) with the best manager in the world, in the best football stadium in the world, wtth the best training ground in the wolrd (brazil and england love it and use it) and with the new uefa rules the best football future in the world….see u at wembley
    arsene knows

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