LEAVING ARSENAL

Arsenal is close to selling the Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner. The Gunners have agreed with five clubs on transfer fee and now, it depends on Bendtner which club he wants to sign for.

Bendtner has been in dreadful form in the last 1 and half years. The last time that he had netted at club level was 14 months back.

Bendtner had been placed on loan to the Italian club Juventus at the start of the last season. He mostly sat on the sidelines there and played only 9 games throughout the season. He didn’t look in good nick at all in those matches.

Besiktas, Eintracht Frankfurt Plus and Borussia Monchengladbach are said to be among the clubs which have reached transfer fee agreement with Arsenal.

Talking to the reporter of a Danish newspaper a week back, Bendtner had said, “Arsenal have reached agreement with a few clubs, so, now, I have to make a decision which I will do in next couple of weeks. All of them are decent clubs. So, it will be a tough decision for me.”

“The most important thing for a footballer is playing time. I would not like to join a big club and sit on the bench most of the times. I would rather go to a progressive club where I can get regular playing opportunities.”

Bendtner had signed for Arsenal 8 years back in 2005. He never managed to become a regular starter for the Gunners. He spent most of his tenure playing for other clubs on loan.

He was loaned to Birmingham City in the 2006-07 season, to Sunderland in the 2011-12 season and to Juventus in the last season.

Bendtner has so far featured for Arsenal in 99 games and has scored 22 goals.

TRICKY BOLOGNA TIE

Juventus will be making the difficult away to put Bologna during the weekend, and their manager Antonio Conte has said that his team should focus real hard in order to get three points from this match.

After a slight dip in form during the months of January, Juventus have once again managed to establish strong lead at the top of the table. There are only 10 matches remaining in the season, and they already have a substantial nine-point advantage in the table. Despite this, Conte has said that they should focus against Bologna if they are to win the title comfortably.

Playing against Bologna away from home is going to be an extremely difficult encounter because the 10th placed team have lost just three home matches this season. Conte has said that Juventus will be able to send a strong message to their rivals if they manage to win this match. Bologna only recently managed a stunning 1-0 win over Inter Milan. However, Inter would have been largely tired as a result of their exertions in the Europa league. Juventus, on the other hand, have been playing only one match a week since the Champions league last 16 encounters.

"Winning tomorrow would send out a clear message to the rest of the championship - but it won't be easy. We're up against Serie A's in-form team who've won their past three games against strong sides. Bologna can certainly get a result tomorrow," said the Juventus manager. Bologna are looking to make this game extremely hard for Juventus. They have managed to sell out the near 35,000 capacity at their stadium. The Bologna striker Gabbiadini has said that the whole town is anticipating the start of the match. Bologna will be able to close the gap on Udinese if they win this match.

BENDTNER WAS CHEAPEST OPTION

The Italian club Juventus decided to sign the Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner on a season long loan deal just because he was the cheapest option available in the market back then. This was the view of the Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta when asked about the reasoning behind signing the 24-year-old Danish striker.

Nicklas Bendtner is currently on a season long loan deal, but he has largely not featured in the first-team. He has been utilised as a substitute on numerous occasions. Due to this strange situation surrounding the striker, many having questioning the reason for signing him.

Giuseppe Marotta has stated that the possibility of bringing in a big-name striker in the summer transfer window was ruled out. Hence, they had no other option but to bring in Nicklas Bendtner. Juventus were linked with the Arsenal striker Robin van Persie throughout the summer, but it has been since reported that they were willing to pay only around £ 7 million for the striker. He ultimately left for Manchester United in a £ 24 million deal. Bendtner has been extremely poor in the opening matches for Juventus so far. He has failed to score in the seven matches he has played for the club.

However, Juventus still continue to lead the table having taken 32 points so far this season, although the recently lost their unbeaten tag after 49 matches.

"Each deal needs economical reasoning before happening. We were not able to make a big money signing last summer but we wanted another striker in case we suffered from a lot of injuries or suspensions, which is the reason we chose to sign Bendtner on loan," said the Juventus sporting director in a recent interview. Juventus recently lost the second match of the season against a struggling Milan team during the weekend.

CARRERA BACKS BENTDNER

The stand-in coach of Juventus, Massimo Carrera, has said that Nicklas Bendtner could get a chance to feature for Juventus in the Series A match against Chievo Verona which is going to be played on 22nd of September at Juventus Arena. Bendtner is a contracted player of Arsenal, but, he has been placed on loan to Juventus this summer. The Danish striker signed the loan deal on the last day of the pre season transfer window and hasn’t yet played any match for Juventus.

As per Carrera, Bendtner has been playing some good shots in the training sessions and he seemed to have settled into his groove pretty well. He might not get included in the starting line up, but, there is a good possibility of him coming to play as a substitute against Chievo. None of the players of the team is injured and everyone is available for selection. So, the team will go into the match with its best starting XI.

Carrera looked delighted with the performance of his team in the Champions League match against Chelsea which was played at Stamford Bridge two days back. The performance of the Juventus team was quite impressive in that match. Everyone was expecting Chelsea to thrash Juventus on its home ground. But, that wasn’t the case to be. The Juventus boys played with fantastic temperament and didn’t let Chelsea gather all the three points. Both the teams found the net twice in the match and the match ended in a draw. Arturo Vidal and Fabio Quagliarella were the ones who scored the goals for Juventus.

As per Carrera, it was wonderful to see the boys not giving up and fighting hard. It was not easy to play in front of the huge crowd that was right behind Chelsea. Hopefully, the boys would show the same kind of body language against Chievo as well.

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Theo Walcott also to Leave Arsenal?

Arsenal’s Theo Walcott has become a hot commodity in the world of football with potential clubs poised to swoop down and pluck him right up. With the upcoming transfer window opening in January, it seems that several clubs are considering scooping up Walcott to join their clubs.

One of the most recent reports indicate that Spartak Moscow is the latest club contemplating making a play for Walcott in January. This could test the resolve of Arsenal to hang on to their winger. Walcott is in his final year of his contract. While he has been offered an extension to remain with the team Walcott has turned down these offers. It is possible that he will be available next summer as a free transfer. This has piqued the interest of some other Premier League teams.

Arsene Wenger has started Walcott in only one Premier League match so far. Wenger may be willing to let Walcott go before the end of the season given his lack of use; due to the failure of Walcott to live up to his potential. Also, the presence of Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain is contributing to Walcott’s lack of starts.

While Russia may be willing to make a bid for Walcott, many believe that this simply will not come to pass. There are many Premier League teams courting Walcott among which would be Manchester City. Many see the winger remaining within the English league rather than moving to the Russian Premier League. Since joining Arsenal from the South Coast, Walcott has appeared in 222 matches. During his playing time, Walcott has scored a total of 42 goals.

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FINALLY MOVING FROM ARSENAL

The Danish international Nicklas Bendtner looks finally set to see his £ 7.5 million move away from Arsenal after it was revealed that Turkish club Galatasaray are extremely close to signing him. Nicklas Bendtner has maintained in the last few years that he would like to leave Arsenal. He spent the last season on loan at Sunderland, who also did not pursue with their interest in securing his signature. He has been linked with a move away from Arsenal, with many clubs across Europe showing interest in the player who almost finished as the top scorer at the Euro 2012.

Following the good end to the competition, his agent said a few days ago that he expects Nicklas Bendtner to seal the deal with another club in the next few days. It has emerged that Turkish giant Galatasaray are the club are currently in the race to secure his signature. It is thought that they have agreed a £ 7.5 million fee with Arsenal and expect to conclude the personal negotiations with the player in the next few days. This would mean that Arsenal are likely to lose three major strikers in this transfer window given that Robin van Persie and Theo Walcott have already been linked with a move away from the club.

'Van Persie is one of the best strikers in the world, if not the best, and my desire is to keep him at the club. I will do what is in the best interests of Arsenal Football Club,' said the Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger in a press conference while taking part in the pre-season tour of Asia. Arsenal suffered disappointment at the hands of Manchester city in a pre-season friendly after they were beaten 2-0, although Arsene Wenger would argue that the lack of Lukas Podolski could have been responsible.

BENDTNER SET FOR MOVE

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner could be set for a move away from the club in the next couple of weeks according to his agent. The Danish striker performed well at the Euro 2012, which has apparently boosted the number of clubs interested in securing his services.

The 24-year-old striker has already revealed that he would not like to return to Arsenal before the start of the season, as he has been treated extremely badly by the manager Arsene Wenger. The Danish striker scored two goals at the Euro 2012, which helped Denmark finished above Netherlands in the third position.

Even though the exact fee required to secure his signature is not known yet, it is believed that Arsenal would be willing to accept an offer of around £ 8 million for the striker. Nicklas Bendtner spent the last season on loan at Sunderland, but Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill has revealed that the striker has rejected the offer of being able to join the north-east club. The agent of the 24-year-old striker has revealed that there is global interest in order to secure his signature, but failed to reveal the name of the clubs due to the fact that there are many.

"The interest is overwhelming, just as it should be after the way Nicklas performed at Euro 2012. We are getting closer day by day. We are not commenting on individual deals at the moment, but it is fair to say the interest in Nicklas is global," said Nicklas Bendtner's agent Jesper Lynghus in an interview given to a Danish newspaper. The 24-year-old striker has previously played for clubs like Birmingham city and has great experience of English football. However, it is thought that he is ready to leave England in search of new pastures. Germany has been touted as a possible destination.

BENDTNER WAS DROPPED

Sunderland's on loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is facing a tough summer ahead of him after it was revealed that he was dropped from the match against Manchester United on the final day of the season after failing to make it to the team bus in time.

Nicklas Bendtner has already revealed that he wants to move permanently away from Arsenal in the summer. Even though he did not get his wish in the last summer, he at least made the temporary move to Sunderland. Despite being good on certain occasions, Nicklas Bendtner has largely been a frustrating figure at the Stadium of light.

Now, it is very likely that Martin O'Neill will not be looking at the possibility of signing the Danish striker after his latest misdemeanour. Sunderland lost the match against Manchester United 1-0 in the final day of the season. It did not matter for both the clubs, as Manchester City on their match against QPR 3-2 to lift the Premier league title for the first time in their history. United managed to win the match through a Wayne Rooney goal in the 20th minute, but came extremely close to doubling their advantage through the likes of Paul Scholes and Ryan Giggs.

“I am ready for new ­challenges. I have heard about concrete interest from other clubs, who sound interesting, but I can’t say more than that right now. After all, I am still under contract with Arsenal, so I have to get back to Arsenal and talk to them first. On the specific matter of staying with Arsenal, I have to say I need something new to happen for me. There is no panic thinking about my future. Now, it’s all about Euro 2012 for Denmark and afterwards I can look at my club future,” said Nicklas Bendtner.

BENDTNER OUT INJURED

New Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill is set to be without striker Nicklas Bendtner for the important match between Sunderland and Blackburn Rovers at the Stadium of light.

On loan Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is regarded to be one of the few players capable of putting the ball in the back of the net, but his injury will mean that Martin O'Neill will have to replace him with lesser players. It is a situation that will certainly confront the former Aston Villa manager, as this match is no less than the a six pointer. Blackburn Rovers will be coming to the Stadium of light with great confidence after having won their recent match 4-2.

Sunderland, on the other hand, lost their match against Wolverhampton Wanderers 2-1 in the most unlikeliest of manners. Sunderland not only lost the ability to take a two-goal advantage in the match to Sebastian Larsson penalty, but they also failed to stop Wolverhampton Wanderers from scoring at the other end. It was a double whammy for new manager Martin O'Neill, who was watching from the stands. Hence, he would have been hoping for a full strength squad for the match against Blackburn Rovers, but it has been revealed today that Nicklas Bendtner is unlikely to be fit in time for the match.

“Nicklas has a groin problem and we’ll see how he is towards the weekend. But if the game was tomorrow, he wouldn’t make it as it stands,” said O’Neill. Sunderland will also be without Connor Wickham and Fraizer Campbell. Martin O'Neill will also be without important defender Michael Turner. Hence, it is not only the attacking options that will pose a problem for Martin O'Neill, but also the defensive side of things as well. Sunderland are just a few points away from Blackburn Rovers.

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