Is Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner really a Premiership Striker?

Nicklas Bendtner scored an own goal and argued with his strike partner last night as if to further compound his Arsenal misery, so is it time Arsene Wenger cut him loose?

Last season, he spent a year in the Championship with Birmingham City, scoring a moderately impressive 11 league goals to guide them to a second place finish, and automatic promotion to the Premiership. However, what is less impressive is that it took him 42 appearances to reach this tally, leaving him with a less than prolific 0.26 goals per game average, even less impressive bearing in mind that this is at Championship level.

This season, he finds himself back at Arsenal, and I must admit, I’ve not been impressed by what I’ve seen. I haven’t watched every game he’s played in, but the ones I have seen, he looks out of ideas, and more of a hindrance than an asset to Arsenal’s attractive, attacking, footballing style.

With one goal and one red card in the Premier League, plus another four strikes from Cup competitions, he hardly looks the part. With Eduardo and Adebayor looking good value for the top two spots this season, and Robin van Persie getting closer and closer to fitness, does he really have a place?

For me, the decision was made after last nights debacle against Tottenham Hotspur. Having scored an own goal, and then getting involved in an argument with Adebayor, it’s clear to me that there is a lack of unity in the team. After they’ve fought once, I feel that either Ade or Bendtner is going to have to leave Arsenal to stop it from happening again, and allow the team to move on. And for me, Bendtner is the one to sell.

He has performed well internationally, and would no doubt command a healthy transfer fee if he were to move to the Continent, but in my eyes, there is no place for him in the Premiership.

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