Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner‘s stint with Arsenal will extend to at least the end of the current season. The player rejected interest from Turkey and a definite chance for regular first-team action to stick with the North London club and help Arsene Wenger‘s team continue its quest to bring a trophy to the Emirates this year.
It is a well known fact that the much maligned player admitted during the start of the season that he did not expect to stay with the club and hoped for a transfer to materialize. Wenger’s failure to sign a cover for Olivier Giroud appeared to condemn Bendtner to further ridicule from the fans and media for his actions off the field and his notorious inconsistency on the field.
Another transfer window has drifted by with Wenger unable to find the quality he craves for in the market at the appropriate price. Swedish player Kim Kallstrom‘s acquisition on loan from Spartak Moscow adds to the team’s rich strength in mid-field, and this sole transfer activity means that Bendtner gets another few months to realize his potential, to a degree.
The player will not be given many starts, but numerous opportunities to make an impact off the bench, like he did against Cardiff City on New Year Day, will definitely be bestowed on him and he needs to make the most out of them.
Wenger was pleased with the player’s efforts in training sessions and Bendtner needs to raise his game up another level on the field as he gets a perfect chance to impress in a string of crucial upcoming fixtures. His decision to not demand another move away from the club in January is laudable and he deserves the respect of the fans for his commitment to Arsenal and his resolve to stand up to the challenge.
It would be pleasing to see Bendtner have a significant impact on the club’s quest for a trophy in either of the three fronts — the Premier League, the FA Cup or the Champions League — and that would vindicate him from quite a few humiliating experiences in the nine years he has spent at Arsenal.