Bendtner: "I want to leave Arsenal"

Niklas Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner has once again reiterated his desire to leave Arsenal as soon as he can – dismissing suggestions that his main priority is money.

The Danish striker was expected to leave the Gunners in September after two failed loan spells with Sunderland and Juventus – but ended up staying at Emirates Stadium due to the Gunners lack of options upfront.

Denmark manager Morten Olsen has already told Bendtner that he should leave Arsenal in January if he wants his career to progress, while the player himself is adamant that money is no longer his main priority.

“I want to leave Arsenal. If its in the winter we’ll have to wait and see. First priority is a new challenge – Money is second”, Bendtner told Ekstra Bladet.

“I’ve been playing football since I was four years and back then it was for the love of the sport.”

Arsenal’s depleted striking options mean that Bendtner is currently the only other available first team striker alongside French international Olivier Giroud.

Bendtner recently expressed his frustration at the treatment he has received from Gunners boss Arsene Wenger in recent years and the club’s insistence on keeping him there this season.

The 25-year-old is on a hefty £52,000-a-week salary at Arsenal and saw several potential summer moves breakdown due to his high wage demands.


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