Friday, 12 November 2010

Nicklas Bendner will consider leaving Arsenal unless given a starting role


Nicklas Bendtner has spoken of his desire to play first team football but has admitted he will consider his options if he's not starting games.

The Danish international has made two starts and five substitute appearances since returning from a long term groin injury.

He scored on his second substitute appearance for the Gunners, in their 3-0 victory over Manchester City.

However because of the form of Samir Nasri, Marouane Chamakh and Andrey Arshavin, the striker has yet to force his way into Arsene Wenger's Premier League starting line up.

The striker told sporten.dk:

"I am incredibly disappointed at the lack of playing time. I feel I have done everything right during the rehabilitation phase and is in my life shape.
"I feel better than before the injury, where I was after all in the starting formation every time and was close to fulfilling my potential.
"Now I just the last things to be completely on top again, and I will only play fighting - so that is what I need now.
"So it is no longer. When I'm at 100 percent, I can not accept to sit on the bench."
Bendter has scored 38 goals in the 67 starts and 64 substitute appearances in his Arsenal career since he joined the Gunners in August 2004 from FC Copenhagen.

However so far this term, the 6ft 3in striker has only made starts against Newcastle in the Carling Cup and Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League.

Bendtner added:
"I am soon 23 years, and at this point in my career it is important for my continued development and future career playing solid, battle after battle.

"I've been patient for long, but it is no more. I've shown that I am ready again - both in training and in matches I've played. I have only done so badly against Shakhtar Donetsk in the Champions League and it was for the whole team.
"I knew that it would take some matches to get into the rhythm, and it may of course I accept, but now I'm wasting my time on the bench."

Just 14 months ago Bendtner signed a long term contract with the club.

But having played just 65 minutes competitive football this season for Arsenal, the striker appears to be impatient with his current situation.


He said:

"I'll just say that I am 100 percent good enough to start in the Arsenal 11. I have the qualities to play from the beginning and have sat on the bench enough in my career.
"If my boss think something different, then it's fair enough, and it is he who take the team, but then I therefore disagree with him.
"It's probably what I am saying that if the situation does not change - if I continue to sit on the bench at Arsenal, then I must leave.
"It goes without saying. But my priority is very clear - as it always has been - to play for Arsenal. I have had much patience and will not sit on the bench more."

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