The rumour review – Bendtner bye bye?

WTTGT Writer: David McManus

Nicklas Bendtner has expressed his desire to leave Arsenal this summer after a shortage of first-team appearances in the last campaign.

Bendtner only managed three starts in the 2010/11 season, scoring 14 times in all competitions – 9 of which were in the domestic cups.

The news couldn’t have came at a worse time for the Gunners, with increasing rumours that Samir Nasri could swap North London for Manchester.

Bendtner told sporten.dk: “I can promise that there won’t be another season like this one.

“I have decided 100 per cent that I must leave Arsenal. I’ve considered this for a long time and was quite clear when I arrived at my decision.

“I’m quite calm and confident that I’ll be fine at a new club.”

If both Bendtner and Nasri were to leave it would undoubtedly leave the side short of attacking options, but on the other hand Arsène Wenger would be presented with a war chest to enable somewhat of a spending spree.

Just what he needs really, with a number of players having been linked with a move to Arsenal over the summer, most notably Lille striker Gervinho and Barcelona’s Bojan.

The question is though; would they be good enough? Admittedly, Gervinho has a respectable goal-scoring record, but he has only played in the Belgian and French leagues – not really the same standard as the Premier League, is it?

Bojan obviously has something about him; otherwise he wouldn’t be at Barcelona. But having signed a contract extension in December 2010, his transfer fee is likely to be astronomical.

Whatever happens, it certainly looks as though Wenger will have his work cut out this close season, and until then, we as fans can simply sit back and enjoy the rollercoaster ride that is the transfer window.

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