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Bendtner Issues an Ultimatum

I fear the Arsenal future of Nicklas Bendtner may be called into question after he inadvertently issued an ultimatum to the Arsenal manager.

Bendtner has spent this season on loan at Birmingham and it has been quite a sucessful period for the Danish striker, but now it appears he is demanding at least a place on the Arsenal first team bench before he will return to the North London outfit.

'It's Arsenal who decide,' Bendtner told Ritzau. 'But I know that they will not call me back unless they have at least got a place for me in the A squad.'

'I will not go back to play for the reserves. The least that I should get is a place on the bench.'

It is a shame that a few goals in the championship makes Bendtner believe he is a world beater, because there is no denying that the boy has talent, but as we know, the gulf between Championship and the Premiership is a large one.

Does anyone remember the last talented young player to demand a place in the first team?

Step forward David Bentley.

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 4 2006

Time: 3:01PM

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I hope we dont lose this lad. He has massive potential as Wenger has already stated. Let him stay at Birmingham this season, spend next season on loan at a prem club then I think he will be ready for a place on the bench!
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04/10/2006 15:05:00

You have misread the statement. He has said that ARSENAL won't call him back in Jan unless they have a place in their squad i.e. if we need him. Since we prob won't need him back in Jan, he will stay at Brum. He is quite right to say he won't go back to the reserves. Whats the point? He scored over 20 goals last season for our reserves and is proving to be more than good enough in the championship. I anticipate him spending next season on loan to a premiership club - if he scores goals there too we have a selection dilemma.
A Magic Hat
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04/10/2006 15:20:00

No disrespect to Adebayor but from what I have seen of this lad, he is a better finisher and stronger in the air.
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04/10/2006 15:20:00

Magichat - I think you over estimate his grasp of the English language. That is him TELLING Arsenal they won't call him back unless they have a place for him. Whether he is good enough or not, that is not the point, the point is, we should not have players dictating what they are and are not going to do. He needs to get his head down, work hard and see what the future holds for him.
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04/10/2006 15:23:00

I think bentder is the best striker I have seen in the CCC , I think he would do a job in the Premier league myself and you could do a lot worse !
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04/10/2006 15:36:00

The statement seems a little contradictary actually, first saying it's up to Arsenal like he's been told he won't get recalled unless it's for the 1st team and then issuing a "warning" that he won't play for the reserves. Personally, I don't care how good he is, no one is bigger that the club.................... right @untly !!!! He can go too, play for Chavscum. I'm sure he'll start there ahead of Shevchenko.
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04/10/2006 16:07:00

this is just some sensationalist bs. if u knew anything about whats going on at arsenal u would write with a bit more sense... i.e. going back to the reserves would be a step back rather than forward in his development... utter tabloid bs.
tony montana
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04/10/2006 16:13:00

'It's Arsenal who decide, I know that they will not call me back unless they have at least got a place for me in the A squad.' How is that him telling Arsenal Rocky7? Looks very much like him saying that Arsenal won't call him back unless there is a space in the first team squad (which there isn't). Presumably because his development will be faster playing first team football. And if you had listened to any of his interviews last season on ATVO, you would know his English is probably better than yours or mine, much like most Scandanavians.
A Magic Hat
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04/10/2006 16:15:00

Would be a shame to lose him and to be honest if he plays on loan with a Premiership club next season then I'm sure we will. These days it seems to be getting harder and harder to bring players up from the reserves/youths rather than just buy some proven talent from a big club. Whether thats down to frustration on the reserves front I'm not sure. It seems to me that Bendtner has shown both in the reserves and Championship that he's worthy of a run in the first team
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04/10/2006 16:19:00

It's his last line that tells me it's him doing the telling "The least I should get is a place on the bench" Why is that the least he should get? What has he done that makes him so sure he should start ahead of RvP, Adebayor, Baptista or Aliadierre?
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04/10/2006 16:21:00

So he should just leapfrog Theo the Wonderkid if he returns? Sounds as if he may be surplus to your nrrds.
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04/10/2006 16:28:00

The lad has to let his feet do the talking. As a young player talent is only the first step, attitude is the next. Bendtner will have to prove himself in the first team before he can expect to be chosen. *****ing on the championship is one thing, but what about the Champions League knockout stages? If we are drawn to play Barca say? Different game and Bendtner must realise this before he starts getting 'the big time charlies.'
Little Dutch
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04/10/2006 16:39:00

Its a shame that he might be knocking an Upson/Pennant. Let's hope his head shrinks and he concentrate's on playing well for Birmingham and the reserves before playing for the first team.
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04/10/2006 16:52:00

if hes got the quality i dont think that arsene will let him go. . .but if he refuses to fight for a place the way ALIADIERE is doing then he has no place at arsenal
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04/10/2006 17:25:00

If you are not going to use him sell him otherwise you are no better than Chelsea!
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04/10/2006 17:25:00

"The least I should get is a place on the bench"...What has he done that makes him so sure he should start ahead of RvP, Adebayor, Baptista or Aliadierre? Rocky7 A place on the bench is not starting.
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04/10/2006 17:33:00

bobc - Sorry, meant to say get in the squad ahead of them because after all you'd have to drop one to find space for him.
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04/10/2006 17:39:00

careless and lazy tabloid journalism with a sensationalist red top heading. surprised at you and your attempt to put pressure on a player starting out his career.
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04/10/2006 17:57:00

kI dont see how you can say that IrishGoon, NB has, in no uncertain terms, demanded that he be in the first team squad.
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04/10/2006 19:33:00

I guess the written word is left open to interprtation, and the way I read it is he doesnt want to be at Arsenal unless he is in the first team. Nothing has changed since he and his father both went on record as saying NB should have first team football, and the was BEFORE he went to Birmingham. So I'm sorry if a few of you believe I'm printing sensationalist nonsense, but this is my interpritation of what Bendtner it or lump it.
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04/10/2006 19:45:00

i hate to see him go but if there is no chance he can't get in our first team we shouldn't hold him back. he will become a great player whoever he plays 4.
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04/10/2006 20:16:00

you are right ... it is all about interpretation. and i am going to give the benefit of doubt to the (arsenal) player because, unlike you .. i dont have an input to what is going on in his head. the part of the quote you question is 'I will not go back to play for the reserves. The least that I should get is a place on the bench.' the way i read that is he is referring to the possibility of Arsenal calling him back early at Christmas rather than leaving him on loan until the end of the season. Do you think its possible that Arsenal have said to him .. we will not bring u back at Christmas to put u in the reserves... but we might if we need you for the bench? Sounds reasonable to me ... but then again ... how could you get a sensational heading looking for hits with that interpretation.
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04/10/2006 20:48:00

Maybe I'm not as trusting as you, but seen as the player has issued an ultimatum before, an incident you have convinently overlooked, I take this to mean the same thing.
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04/10/2006 20:56:00

i think he should personally sign for a bigger club...... like stenhousemuir
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04/10/2006 21:13:00

the first i heard of a previous ultimatum is when you mentioned in an earlier post ... not in the body of the article .... did you conveniently 'remember' after criticism of your article? i cannot comment on previous quotes that I have not seen and would not comment without seeing them and the context in which they were given. Dude ... i am an Arsenal fan to the bone. I take no pleasure in pulling you over your article... i can see you get enough grief from spurs so called fans. I dont normally comment .. but was surprised and disappointed in this article which I see as a dig at an Arsenal player without being sure of the facts. I thought you would leave that to fans of other teams.
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04/10/2006 21:18:00

i agree irish goon arsenal are a disgrace
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04/10/2006 21:24:00

IG - The comments I talk about were reported on this very site in the off season. Your "Arsenal-ness" is not called into question, and I would hope that mine wouldn't either. However, the fact you deemed it appropriate to have a dig at me without knowing the facts goes some way to prove that you could have been a little more reserved with your comments and possibly questioned my motives rather than spouting the odds, whereas I myself could/should have reposted Bendtner and his fathers previous comments which would have brought more solidity to my claims. I guess we live and learn.
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04/10/2006 21:44:00

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04/10/2006 21:51:00

i want to think that he simply wants to finish the year at brum. Competion is huge in the first squad, but given the time, weneger will give him the space. Wenger Knows
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04/10/2006 22:43:00

Logically he SHOULD stay at Brum unless he's going to play some part in the first team. But his last comment smacks of his father whispering behind the scenes. What he doesn't understand is that it won't help the overall development of his son to be making absurd demands like that. Typical agent.
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04/10/2006 23:31:00

I can't believe that so many of you read the tabloids like The Bible or something. Haven't you realized that most articles are all about being "sensational" or "spicy" Honesty doesn't sell....
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05/10/2006 06:11:00

This is all Bosman stuff. If he stays at Birmingham, at the end of the season they are going to make an offer to us and to him. If Birmingham get promoted, he's already *at* a premiership club. The money will be excellent, and it will be up to him to decide if he wants to take his chance fighting for a place up front at Arsenal to play in the Champion's league, or hope to play in the occasional Carling Cup final. Actions speak louder than words.
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05/10/2006 06:19:00

If he really thinks he should start ahead of TH or RVP at this stage, he's deluded. If he wants to sit on the bench for the 'A squad' instead of playing week in week out then he's not too bright and a little unambitious. Not to mention way ahead of himself. His dad is his agent, which @untly likened his ammoral p.o.s agent to. I guess its not beyond the realms of possibility that a 'father' could give their son bad advice. But he'll probably end up very rich.
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06/10/2006 14:28:00


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