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Arsenal striker reveals disappointment

Nicklas Bendtner failed to get a move away from the Emirates

By | 3rd September 2013
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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has revealed his disappointment at seeing his potential move to Crystal Palace fall through last night, issuing a public statement regarding his future at the Emirates Stadium. The Danish striker has been seeking a move away from the Gunners for several years now, having spent the past two seasons out on loan at Sunderland and Juventus.

Crystal Palace and Hull City were two of the Dane’s suitors during this summer’s transfer window, but constantly saw their moves hit stumbling blocks due to the player’s high wage demands. Yesterday, however, Crystal Palace appeared to be set to sign the striker following his arrival for a medical, but Arsene Wenger’s failure to land a new striker forced the Gunners to pull out of the deal, much to the chagrin of Bendtner.

“It’s no secret that Arsenal and myself had agreed that I could leave the club during the 2013 summer transfer window subject to an agreement between all parties,” read a statement from Bendtner’s camp, according to¬†Sky Sports.

“An agreement had been reached with more than one club this week but as Arsenal were unable to secure the services of another striker, they reserved their right to not sanction any deal to be concluded.¬†Naturally, I was very disappointed as I was looking forward to a new challenge, with a new club and a fresh start in English football.

“Many things have been said about where my future lies after many years at Arsenal; the truth is I just want to play football which is when I’m happiest and Arsenal is a fantastic environment for any professional to ply their trade.”

Bendtner now must fight for a spot in Arsene Wenger’s side, with German international Lukas Podolski facing an extended absence through injury. That leaves just Frenchmen Olivier Giroud and Yaya Sanogo to compete with, suggesting Bendtner may be able to find a way back into Arsene Wenger’s first team plans.

The Gunners take on Bendtner’s former club, Sunderland, in their first game back from the international break. The match may offer new signing Mesut Ozil his Arsenal debut.



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