Nicklas Bendtner says he is disappointed that he is still an Arsenal player, but that he will give his all for the club.
Bendtner was on the verge of heading to Crystal Palace on deadline day, but when the Demba Ba move fell through Bendtner’s move to Selhurst Park collapsed.
On failing to secure a transfer to Palace, Bendtner said:
“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.
“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.”
Bendtner may still depart in the next transfer window in January, but while he remains a player for manager Arsene Wenger, he insists he will give 100% to Arsenal.
“Many things have been said about my 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 apply their trade,” he said.
“I still feel very strongly about Arsenal and following positive talks with the manager, I am looking forward to working hard to regain full fitness and doing my very best to help to the team and the manager fulfil our objectives and ambitions this season.
“I’ve learnt a lot from my loan experiences at Sunderland and Juventus and I want to assure all Arsenal fans that I will give everything I have to contribute to what I believe will be a successful season for the club.”
Now it did not have to come down to a deadline move for the £52,000 a week striker. He had offers from at least two German clubs that I know off, that promised Bendtner first team football, but he turned them down because he did not want to take a pay cut.
And that sums up Bendtner to me. The money is/was more important than his career. He is 25 years old now, but has appeared in 41 games over the last 3 years. Considering that he played in 40 games in 2007-08 for Arsenal and 50 games in 2008-09. The last three years have been wasted because he put money ahead of getting better as a player. If he had went somewhere and played really well the last three seasons, who knows how much money he would be making now.