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Is Nicklas Bendtner a disruptive influence at Arsenal?

According to various reports, Arsene Wenger could be set for a summer clear out of surplus players, with veterans Jens Lehmann and Gilberto rumoured to be among those moving to pastures new, but there is growing speculation that young striker Nicklas Bendtner could also be put up for sale.

Bendtner undoubtedly has potential and by all accounts the 20-year-old's opinion of himself is that he is the best player at Arsenal Football Club. Arsene Wenger has spoken in the past about the Dane's confidence and the fact that he looks for a bit of arrogance in his signings, but it's patently obvious that his admiration for Bendtner is not shared by his players.

The above picture was taken in the aftermath of Bendtner's infamous spat with Emmanuel Adebayor during Arsenal's Carling Cup defeat at the hands of Tottenham back in January. The Togo hitman apparently head butted his younger team mate during the game and although the pair have played together since, there appears to be open hostility between Bendtner and his team mates.

The Great Dane did not participate in Arsenal's on-field huddles earlier this season, preferring instead to jog off the pitch at the final whistle while his team mates celebrated. And even more damning was the reaction to his equaliser against Liverpool in the Premier League match at Emirates Stadium 11 days ago...

At the time, the potential significance of that goal was hugely important, but when Bendtner nodded home Cesc Fabregas's free kick, he was shunned by all but one of his fellow Gunners, with only Theo Walcott running to congratulate his striking colleague.

Such snubs don't go unnoticed by us supporters, so they sure as hell won't escape the attention of Arsene Wenger. Le Boss is notoriously fastidious about dressing room harmony and it's even said that Thierry Henry's negative impact on the squad last season was one of the key reasons that Wenger decided to let sanction his skipper's move to Barcelona.

Le Gaffer may well believe that Bendtner has potential, but he also is obsessed with statistics and seven goals in 36 appearances this season (even though 22 of them were as a substitute) will not do Nicklas any good if his manager thinks he is detrimental to team spirit.

The only problem I have with shipping out Bendtner is that I agree with Wenger that he has potential - more potential than Adebayor showed at the same age. And Wenger is renowned for working with players who are perceived to be difficult or problems by other coaches - Robin van Persie and Adebayor being just two who immediately spring to mind.

But do you think Wenger could be about to show Bendtner the door? Or do you think that Arsene will try to mend bridges between the young Dane and his team mates? Or is there someone else you think should be on his way out of Arsenal? Share your thoughts here.

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Posted by Gordon Masson on April 16, 2008 10:00 AM in Debate of the Day| News| Players| Transfers
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He should stay. This guy is a world class youngster and he has a bright future. Maybe Wenger should have a good long talk with the lad and tell him how things should be. Would be shame if we lose him

Posted by: KnightBlade | April 16, 2008 12:49 PM

I believe Nicklas Bendtner can make a great impact next season, and rather see him (or Eduardo) starting in the first XI, in stead of RvP.

He fits in the system, and hasn't got a real chance so far. He's a great talent, and Arsene shouldn't let him go! Maybe it's an Einzelganger, but could that be a reason for selling him?! I reckon not.

Posted by: mj | April 16, 2008 1:32 PM

I think Bendtner's survival at Arsenal is dependent about the summer transfer deals. Right now I would say there are four strikers ahead of him, Ade, Van Persie, Eduardo, Walcott. If Arsene signs another striker I think Bendtner is done. Arsene will know that the Dane's ego won't settle to not even make the squad for games.

Posted by: RIP | April 16, 2008 4:46 PM

Hi All Gunners,
The young Gun should stay and fight for his place next session with the likes of Ade and whosoever that Wenger finally makes up his mind to add to the team. But I strongly believe that David Villa, Zapeta, Gomes will be fine addition to our great Gunners.

Posted by: Estee Stanley | April 16, 2008 11:06 PM

venger is the bloke best qualified to make the call i reckon. he's watched the guy develop and also can feel the vibe in the dressing room.

some players might be great, but if their heads aren't right, they do more harm than good. look at riquelme, the guy is a champion player, but he is a nutbag, and hence never stays more than a season or two before everyone gets the willies with him and he gets sold at a heavy discount.

bentner looks like he's from the same mould as riquelme i reckon. venger will probably persist with him until next winter and punt him off if he keeps being a tool.

Posted by: sydney gooner | April 17, 2008 4:40 AM

I strongly disagree that Wenger is the bloke best qualified to make a call on Bendtner. Isn't this the same Wenger who signed players on the promise of giving them opportunities to prove themselves and then reneged on his promises? Isn't this also the same Wenger who "conned" an understandibly embitted Jens Lehmann into believing that the keeper's spot would also be competitive ? I don't know about Bendtner but I do know that Lehmann is one of the most decent, honorable players in the game and one of the best. If he reckon's Wenger promises are as light as thistledown, who are we to argue. I don't know what the mood is in the dressing room -but the words "suspicion" and "distrust" spring to mind. I reckon its only a matter of time before Wenger lands himself in hot water with the Players Association. Let the Board pick the team. Solidarity brothers !

Posted by: the comrade | April 17, 2008 10:43 AM

As much as I don't like him he should stay. You can see the potential and plus he will learn to get along with others. NO one wants to be an outsider all the time.

Posted by: otariq | April 17, 2008 12:11 PM

Bendtner's a wonderful player, but I don't think he's the right fit for this squad. Walcott, Ade, RVP, Eduardo, Bendtner and Carlos Vela will all be fighting for spots in a side that often plays with 1 striker. There's also a good chance for Villa or some other striker to appear during the off-season. This puts Walcott, Vela and Bendtner on the squad at the same age range and similar maturity/development levels. I think we really only need two of these three. I don't think it's necessary for us to get rid of him, but if a good offer comes or we sign another striker than Bendtner may find himself finally getting the first-team football he so desires.

Posted by: Wokich | April 17, 2008 8:35 PM

bendtner no doubt is a good player but arsenal are not the same @the start of the season they have drawn 11 matches losing 22 points which would have taken us way ahead of manu...hes a good player & must stay @ arsenal..adebyour is ineffective and we must follow a 4-3-3 formation with rvp,edu,ade of bendtner...
hove to see arsenal win next season

Posted by: nihal | April 18, 2008 10:50 AM

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