Reprieve seems set to come Arsenal’s way with regards to the future of Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner. According to reports from the Sunday People, EPL cubs Hull and Stoke are considering a winter move for the ‘Great’ Dane.
Bendtner is in the last year of his contract and was close to a summer exit from the Emirates but desire to stick to his undeserved wages and Arsenal’s failure to get another striker meant he stayed put. Wenger saw his stay as an opportunity to redeem himself and possibly leave on the high in the summer when his contract expires but he hasn’t really stepped up the plate so far this season. He has failed to give Giroud the necessary push and challenge for a first team berth. In the few games he had played, he had been so lethargic and lazy, thereby earning himself more flak from fans.
With the winter window set to open in less than 2 months, Arsenal will have the opportunity to bring in a better striker (might not be overtly better than Giroud but should certainly be better than Bendtner). The window will also avail Arsenal the opportunity to cash in on the Danish striker, the transfer fee might be paltry but getting him off the wage bill will be a massive success. For a player to be earning 50k Pounds per week wages without necessarily contributing to the team is a huge waste of resources.
To his suitors, Hull that made a rumoured move for his signature in the summer and Stoke that are just joining the rat race are thought to be the two most interested parties and are readying £1m offers.
Tigers chief Steve Bruce has worked with the forward in the past and is thought to be a fan of his abilities, while Britannia Stadium boss Mark Hughes sees him as the ideal man to continue his mini revolution at the club.
Wenger should be more than happy to let Bendtner leave for a small fee this winter rather than lose him for free next year.