‘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.