The Dane wanted to leave north London following a difficult few years.
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has become something of a mocked figure in English football over the past few years and has not made the desired impact at the Emirates Stadium.
The 25-year-old arrived at the Gunners in 2004 as a promising youngster, but has since scored just 45 times for the club and has spent the last two years away from north London.
Following an unsuccessful loan spell with Juventus last season, it was thought that Arsene Wenger would sell Bendtner – an outcome the forward has admitted to wanting as well.
“I was very disappointed when he [Wenger] phoned because I was ready to move on,” the Denmark international was quoted by the Guardian.
“I didn’t actually think that they wished to keep me.”
Yet with Olivier Giroud and France under-20 international Yaya Sanogo the only other recognised strikers at Wenger’s disposal, the attacker stayed.
Since then Bendtner has played six times in all competitions – admittedly not scoring any goals – and has said that the player is training harder than ever now to impress, despite being annoyed at being put with the youngsters for some time.
“As I have been at the club since I was 16 I found it ridiculous that they placed me in the reserves and let me train on my own,” the Scandinavian continued.
“[But] suddenly everything was like old times again. I was training with the first team.
“I am training far more seriously [now] than I have ever done in Arsenal.”
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