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Wenger: ‘Bendtner Set To Stay And I’ll Use Him’ – No New Striker?
Oh dear. Some very worrying words coming from Arsene Wenger at his press conference this morning with the Arsenal boss claiming that Nicklas Bendtner is set to STAY at Arsenal and will be back in contention once he gets himself fit.
The ‘Great Dane’ hasn’t featured for Arsenal in two years having spent season long loans at Sunderland and more recently Juventus.
He hasn’t even been training with us this summer as he’s been trying to find a new club and a permanent move away seemed a formality with the likes of Frankfurt, Hamburg, Malaga, Crystal Palace and Hull City just a small selection of clubs linked with the striker.
However, every single deal has fallen through because of Bendtner’s wage demands - believed to be in excess of £50k a week – and with less than four days to go in the transfer window, it seems Wenger has given up trying to sell the 25-year-old.
Speaking to the press today, Wenger said “The chance for him (Bendtner) to leave now is very small. If he comes back well and gets fit, I will use him”
Here’s a tweet from the Arsenal account, but they didn’t include the second part about Wenger using him:
— Arsenal.com (@Arsenal) August 30, 2013
So, if Bendtner ends up staying does this mean we won’t sign a new striker? It’s certainly looking that way, isn’t it? The rumours have gone quiet on the striker front with only Karim Benzema being linked, and let’s be honest a move for the Frenchman is highly unlikely.
So if Wenger can’t get his ‘top, top, top’ quality targets and he can’t shift Bendtner, then it looks like we’ll be stuck with him and our forward options are going to be Giroud, Bendtner and Sanogo this season. Title winning? Not a chance. Top four? Doubtful.
Who knows, maybe the club will surprise us and bring in the players we need before the window shuts but it’s looking like a disastrous end to a summer that promised so much more.
What do you make of Wenger’s comments about Bendtner?