Niklas Bendtner is set to finally end his Arsenal career with a move to the Bundesliga. The tall Dane joined Arsenal as a youth player before making his name while on loan at Birmingham City. He went on to make 157 appearances, scoring 43 goals before becoming frustrated at a lack of regular starts despite starting as Arsenal’s lone forward against Barcelona in the Champions League.
The striker is exetremely confident in his ability but has more confidence than ability, which has eventually led to the forward’s downfall. After announcing he would leave Arsenal, the striker assumed he would have plenty of offers but had to wait until the 2011 deadline day to secure a loan move to Sunderland. He scored 8 goals in 30 games for the Northern club but considered himself to ‘big’ to make the move permanent.
Still refusing to play for Arsenal, he had to wait until deadline day again before transferring to Juventus on a season long loan. He felt he was a club he deserved to be at but only played 10 times in all competitions, failing to score a single goal. He was offered the chance for a permanent move to Hamburg in January but once again, saw it as a step down in his career.
His international career has still been relatively successful scoring 22 goals in 55 caps and is still a Denmark regular. However, he is set for a move down at club level with a move to Eintracht Frankfurt. The Bundesliga club edged out Hamburg for the final Europa League spot, which will be a small victory to Bendtner, but he damaged his reputation heavily at Juventus and will need a chance to recover his wounded ego.
Arsenal accepted bids for five different clubs for Bendtner as the club look to finally get rid of the forward and Eintracht Frankfurt look set to complete the deal, despite late interest from Malaga. The 25-year-old said “Will it be good for me to go to a big club where I risk the bench? No I’d rather go somewhere where the club is located just below the top where I can play every week.”
“I can take a step back to take three forward.”
It could be that Bendtner finally understands he isn’t as good as he thinks he is or that he just wants to be playing every week to secure a spot in Denmark’s World Cup squad next summer, should they qualify. The striker will have to work his way up again if he is to make it as a leading European hitman.