Bendtner to leave Arsenal for German opportunity

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner appears to be on the verge of leaving the North London club.  The Danish international striker is believed to be currently holding talks with Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt.

Bendtner has been out of favour at The Emirates and has spent the last two seasons on loan at Sunderland and Juventus respectively.

A statement released by the German team gave the strongest indication yet that the player will be on the move soon, stating:  “On the initiative of the Danish player Nicklas Bendtner and his advisors, final talks have been held today on Tuesday 9, 2013 in Frankfurt between the striker and Eintracht Frankfurt.  Sports director Bruno Hubner is in close contact with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger, and the final decision regarding Bendtner should be taken in the next two days.”

Still only 25 and with 55 international caps to his name, Bendtner would be happy to avail of a new opportunity after close to a decade as an Arsenal player.

The 6ft 4in striker joined Aresnal’s youth set up in 2004 and wasn’t long making the step up to the first team, making his first team debut against Sunderland in a League Cup match in October 2005.  In august 2006, still only 18, he moved to Birmingham City on loan for first team experience.  His time at St. Andrew’s was a success, playing regularly and scoring 11 goals in 42 appearances.

His return to The Emirates at the end of the 2006-07 season and his impressive performances on loan resulted in him gaining a five year contract.  In 99 appearances for the Gunners, Bendtner scored 22 times.

After a car accident in 2009 and various injuries, Bendtner found his opportunities limited at The Emirates.  This would result in him moving to Sunderland on loan for the 2011-12 season.  8 goals in 28 appearances wasn’t enough for Sunderland to offer the player a permanent contract.  However another season-long loan deal would follow and he spent the season gone on loan to Serie A side Juventus.

There was an option to make the move to Italy permanent, but despite being a member of the Juventus squad that won the league title, the player did not impress sufficiently for this option to be pursued.  His season was interrupted by a thigh injury, but a return of no goals in 9 appearances ruled out any chance of a permanent contract being offered.

If his move to Frankfurt does follow through, the Danish front man will be hoping a new club in a new league will be just the fresh start he needs.


Brian is a sports journalist with over 5 years experience of writing on all things soccer. Resides in Dublin, Ireland.