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Bendtner Threatens To Quit Arsenal As Chelsea Chase ‘Ronaldo’

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Arsenal’s vainglorious striker Niklas Bendtner has never been one for the subtle understatement, lest we forget that it was only a few months ago he claimed himself to be the ‘greatest goalscorer in the world’ during an interview with FIFA.com – haughty declarations which he has since tempered (he now ‘plans to become’ the greatest goalscorer in the world) if not rescinded completely.

A long-standing groin problem coupled with the summer arrival of grease-swathed mullet aficionado Marouane Chamakh at the Emirates has seen Bendtner’s opportunities at the club reduced somewhat.

Having started only twice this season, the 22-year-old Danish target man has been quick to recognise that such a limited role is not befitting of a player of his latent greatness and threatened that he may walk out on Arsenal if he is not handed his first-team place back on a gilded platter.

Quoted in this morning’s Daily Mirror, Bendtner said:

“I’m very disappointed that I haven’t played more. I feel I’ve done the right things in the rehab and that I’m in the form of my life. I feel that I’m better than before the injury where I after all was in the line up every time and close to fulfilling my potential.

Now I am only missing small things in order to be at the top again and I only get that by playing games – so that’s what I must do now. That’s the situation. When I’m 100% fit I can’t accept sitting on the bench.

I’ll soon be 23 and at this point in my career it’s important to play regularly game after game in order to continue my development. I’ve been patient for a long time but I’m not anymore. I’ve shown that I’m fit – both in training and the games I’ve played.”

Such self-entitlement for one so young. One can only assume that, after learning of the cumbersome Dane’s apparent schism at Arsenal, Barcelona and Real Madrid are now scrambling to get all the relevant registration papers drawn up in time for January.

Ronaldo Bendtner Threatens To Quit Arsenal As Chelsea Chase Ronaldo

Is this what £18 million gets you these days?

The BBC Sport gossip column is today proffering forth the spurious rumour that Chelsea are in the hunt for ‘an ‘£18 million-rated Ronaldo‘.

Could it finally be that all that potato vodka has singed Roman Abramovich‘s synapses into submission?

From the Beeb’s strapline it would seem that the Russian oligarch is prepared to either go vastly overboard in a bid to recruit a flabby Brazilian ne’er-do-well, or vastly underboard in a bid to prise a certain preening Portuguese man/toddler from Real Madrid’s clammy grasp.

Sadly, neither elucidation is true as, one click later, you find that Chelsea are indeed chasing Porto centre-back Rolando (’twas a ‘typo’ all along, my how we laughed) with the express intent of shoring up their rather thin defensive ranks come the turn of the year – or at least that is what the 25-year-old’s agent Peppino Tirri is claiming.

Henderson Bendtner Threatens To Quit Arsenal As Chelsea Chase Ronaldo

Henderson is a wanted man in Manchester

Elsewhere, after producing one of the worst Manchester derbies in living history earlier in the week, the two clubs responsible are set to go to battle again – this time in the rush to snap up Sunderland’s blossoming England hopeful Jordan Henderson.

Both United and City are rumoured to be preparing covert bids for the versatile 20-year-old midfielder, who is fully expected to be included in the partially rejuvenated squad that Fabio Capello will select for next week’s friendly against France.

In financial term, the Black Cats currently find themselves in rude health, although manager Steve Bruce has admitted that he would find it hard to turn down ‘silly money’ should any of the Premier League’s ‘giants’ come calling:

“I sincerely hope we can keep him in the long term. We will try desperately. I am a realist. If one of the big giants come along we will be up against it.

If ridiculous money is offered it will be difficult we will face that if it comes.

It is part and parcel that other clubs will have a look. Ultimately we will have to face it and we will have to cope with that when it comes.”

Apparently, City officials have been laying the foundations for a future deal as part of their campaign to hoover up the best young British players.

The Guardian are mooting that Henderson will cost a minimum of £20 million, such is Sunderland’s resolve to hold on to him, but it’s fair to assume that such a piffling fee will be no issue for a club that can afford to fritter away petro-dollars like confetti.

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Comments (5)

  1. Yes Bendtner is an arrogant cock, but I still think he could be one of the better strikers gracing the premiership. He has got a great eye for goal, his play is instinctive and by all accounts the only reason could give Wenger for not playing him; is because Caramac is more suited to Arsenal’s play, and even that is questionable.

    For me Bendtner deserves first team football at Arsenal and if not a team with ambition, pushing for Europe.

  2. Well this isn’t going to get him games. Chamakh is doing well as a lone striker for Arsenal – much better then I expected – and all he’s doing is bringing negativity into the team. Good as he is, I’d probably get shot of him. For Arsenal he’s never much more then hit or miss.

  3. Here here! I agree! You only have to look at Fabianski to see what regular starts can do. I think we should try to accommodate him.

    The flip side is however that Wenger wants to win something this year really badly. He is trying to win every game, that is why he is putting the strongest team out there each week whether it is Blackpool or Chelsea.
    That is why players like Denilson, Bendtner, Almunia, Djorou, Eboue, Rosicky have been frozen out. This year Wenger is giving regular time to the players that are performing consistently. The only players whose spot seems cemented are Fabs, Wilkshere, Song, Sagna and maybe Squillaci & Clichy in the meantime, until Vermealen and Gibbs come back to full fitness.

    But then you still have Ramsey and Diaby to come back, Nasri, Arshavin and Theo are fighting it out for the winger positions and with RVP to come back Wenger has a really tough choice in choosing the man up front. I personally think use him sparingly until he looks like he is regaining some form. He had a dismal world cup for a player of his stature.

  4. Let him threaten all he wants, Arsenal does not need him nor is he anywhere near good enough to be a starting striker for a Top 3 club in the Premier League. It makes me sick the way he acts like he scores 20 goals a season, IMO we need to get rid of him, Almunia, Rosicky, and Arshavin before their value diminishes and pickup a flagship striker like Luis Suarez and midfielder that can assist Cesc on the offensive, like Ganso.

  5. Binnsey you are clearly mentally disabled if you think Bendtner is one of the top strikers in the Premier League, what has ever done? he never scored more than 9 goals in a season he doesn’t really do anything in European competition so idk what basis you going off of thinking is he is so good. On his best he will score 1/3 games, hes a good backup maybe a few years later starting but for now if he wants to start to to West Ham.