Bendtner mulls Arsenal exit
Striker Nicklas Bendtner admits he may have to consider a future away from Arsenal this summer after being frustrated at his lack of first-team opportunities.
Bendtner is only just returning to full fitness and sharpness after injury problems this season. But the Danish international, who will face England in Copenhagen tomorrow evening, clearly feels he has to play regular football to achieve his goals in the game.
"I have a lot of feelings for Arsenal and it means something great to me," he said. "I would be sad to leave it, but you have to think about yourself and, with the career goals I have, I cannot be sitting on the bench. That's the way it is. I will do my best for Arsenal throughout the season.
"Hopefully, I will be there next season as well, but we have to wait and see," the striker went on. "But, if my situation at Arsenal doesn't change, I will have to look at it because I want to play football. There is no doubt about that. If I cannot play at Arsenal, then I do not want to sit on the bench - but every player thinks like that. I am at a stage of my career now where I think I should play every game and I should develop and score goals."
Bendtner will face his Arsenal team-mate Jack Wilshere in Copenhagen with the 19-year-old making his full debut. But he hopes the lesson of another Gunners player in Theo Walcott, who was taken to the 2006 FIFA World Cup™ as a 17-year-old, will be learnt by England in handling Wilshere.
"Jack is developing all the time. He is still young and he will keep developing and getting better for five or six years still," Bendtner said. "Young players are always put under a lot of pressure very early in England. You always throw players around really quickly. Jack has got potential, he is a grounded lad and he can be a great, great player for England.
"I have my own theories on how Theo Walcott was treated by England, but I don't want to get too much into that because it will probably just get me in trouble," he added. "But Theo can be a lesson for the way you treat Jack. It's important to take it easy and realise he is a kid. He's still young even though he seems very mature and seems like he has played a long time."