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What Bendtner ACTUALLY Said

You will probably be aware of quotes attributed to Nicklas Bendtner this week by the most august publication, the Daily Mirror. (To see how trustworthy they are, go and look up why Piers Morgan, ahem, stepped down as editor). For those of you with faulty short term memories, here is what the Mirror quoted Bendtner as saying under the udnerstated headline, 'I Am Arsenal's Best Striker.'

'I should start every game, I should be playing every minute of every match and always be in the team.'

On new signing Andrey Arshavin, the Mirror responsibly quoted Bendtner as saying;

'I've never seen Arshavin. I did not watch Euro 2008. I've no idea what sort of player he is.'

Stern stuff indeed, of course The Mirror were reporting responsibly, not at all trying to play on his plummeting popularity amongst Arsenal fans. Of course, football fans being the level headed, media savy and entirely rational creatures they are, Arsenal fans with a transparent distaste for the Young Dane did not use it as an excuse to verbally lampoon him. But what's this? Bendtner denied the quotes in ernest immediately after the Cardiff game.

'None of it was said like that. I did a long interview for the Danish press recently, they asked me a lot of questions and the press over here have taken my answers and twisted them out of proportion. I was happy with the article in the Danish magazine and if you saw it you would realise that what was reported over here was not true.'

So just what DID Bendtner say in this Danish magazine.

'I still believe that when I play to my best, I will play from the start no matter who is ready or injured and each time I try to show that I should play from the start.'

Hmmmm, pretty tame really. As for Arshavin;

'I was not at the European Championships so I did not see him play but I have heard that he is a good player and if Arsenal are paying £12m, and other top clubs were after him, then it is because he can do something.'

Well smack my arse and call me Sally, what a boastful revelation. Usually, I'm not moved to comment on media teacup storms such as these, I believe most of the contributors of this site are smart enough to see media deception for themselves. Plus, I'm not in the business of drawing blood from turnips. If you're gullible enough to be deceived by basic shenanigans such as these, you're probably beyond help anyway. But what really disappoints me is that on Monday, I saw the Mirror quotes attributed to Bendtner splashed across nearly every Arsenal blog going. Come Tuesday, very few printed Bendtner's retraction and even fewer have bothered to find out what Nicklas actually said. I'm not sure if that's because a few keyboard warriors out there are afraid of looking a bit silly or whether they are using their webspace as a hobby horse for their own dislikes and gleefully trashing a player they don't like, but it really smacks of indignity to me. I don't expect the Mirror to print Bendtner's retraction, nor the actual quotes, the media are despicable and their modus operandi is likewise. But for sites written by Arsenal 'fans' reporting on their own club, not to set the record straight in the interests of one of our own players is really rather sad indeed. It confirms what I've long thought, that most Arsenal fans prize their egos over their football team. The guilty parties reading will know exactly who they are.LD.

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Writer: Tim Stillman Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday February 18 2009

Time: 1:12PM

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Here's a thought...Read a proper paper.
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18/02/2009 13:22:00

In all serious though, the tabloid media are a nightmare over here. everything is sensationalised to the point of lunacy. I reserve massive hatred for misleading headlines as they impart a perceived tone that sticks in your head as you read. I read the Times, which although is not innocent, it's a damn sight better. /rant
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18/02/2009 13:37:00

Here's another thought... Don't quote any paper (tabloids or broadsheets, they're the same in terms of football reporting).
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18/02/2009 13:37:00

Well said LD. It is an absolute disgrace some so called "gooners" were all to happy to report what he supposedly "said" yet were not prepared to report what he actually said. Oliver Holt in the mirror wrote a piece today claiming NB doesn't do his job properly after the so caled quotes came out. well i wrote to holt and informed him the only person not doing their job properly was him as he did no research into his article and did not even mention what NB actually said.
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18/02/2009 13:40:00

Fair point Gunnerman, hmm, in terms of news, nobody is really reliable when it comes to quoting players/managers except the clubs themselves. But in terms of comments/columns, I enjoy some of the stuff from the Guardian, the Times and the Independent. Everyone else has crap columns, not to mention reports. Rant over.
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18/02/2009 13:41:00

To be fair, the bit where Bendtner said if he's doing his best, he should get maximum playing time regardless of injuries of other strikers, we have actually seen before. I thought someone's just recycling the old quotes and added that Arshavin bit of late. Regardless, something was deliberately lost in translation and taken out of context, terribly.
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18/02/2009 13:44:00

Agreed LD. I wrote an article on the website i write for, about wenger on his attacking options and bendtner, i made reference to the comments in the papers but gave nik the benefit of the doubt as i dont trust papers and the way they alter comments etc. And then in a follow up article on the match against cardiff I mentioned that Nik fully denied the comments were his as well. Could I or should I have wrote another article? For me no, as I never lambasted him for it unlike some sites, but agreed they should perhaps. I like Bendtner and feel given more time and a bit more support from the majority of arsenal fans he will suceed at the Arsenal. I felt he had a good game the other night despite that miss, but some fans will never warm to him. But overall there is some good sites out there, we all know which ones to trust, but fair play to you for sticking up for him.
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18/02/2009 13:58:00

You know another example I find quite amusing is that the Sun recycled Eduardo's quotes about not having seen Martin Taylor after the incident and not recalling his apology (Taylor said he visited Eduardo when he's still under the influence of drugs, painkillers and stuff). Now all media outlets are crying out loud oh Eduardo's still "awaiting" Taylor's apology. That's not just shameless but downright idiotic.
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18/02/2009 14:08:00

Since Sunday, online and on the phone or in-person conversations with gooners, I've been doing my level best to correct the deliberately twisted translation of Nik's words. LD and the guy at goonertalk are the only two blogs I've seen so far that have posted articles refuting the media coverage of Nik's words. The guy at goonertalk provided this interesting piece on Nik's words: Check it out. The important point here for every gooner to remember is that this happens almost every single time one of our players does an interview IN A FOREIGN LANGUAGE. In the last 3-4 years, I've paid particular attention to every instance when the English football media report on an interview with any PL player in a foreign language. Almost every single time, the player in question (who's always a non-English player) winds up having to deny what the media reported, explaining that his words were misinterpreted. The media always report these denials (that is, when they DO report them) in a derisive manner, in a backhanded way, deliberately setting out to make the player look like a liar. Our players are not the only ones who they do this to -- and the media doesn't get it wrong in every single instance. Some of the translations of the comments in Gallas' book were pretty accurate, e.g. However, for the most part, it is remarkable how papers like the Mirror, the Sun, the Mail, etc. deliberately and with malice set out to publish a selective translation of a player's comments calculated to make him look very bad. It's utterly malicious on their part. But what makes it worse is that they genuinely believe they have it right and the player's lying when he denies it. I saw a discussion on skysports some months ago about Hleb's wrongly interpreted comments in which he supposedly called Cesc "selfish." The columnist sneered at Hleb's denial, saying how ridiculous it is for these players to deny their comments when it's so easy for the English media to get good translations of these interviews. Well, Hleb never attacked Cesc for being "selfish," he praised Cesc for being more "selfish" in front of goal whereas he himself was not selfish enuf. Hleb was criticizing himself. The same maliciousness happened last season with Gallas' wrongly interpreted comments about not having any friends at Arsenal. The comments that both Hleb and Gallas made were in FOREIGN LANGUAGE INTERVIEWS. The media in England know that they can put forth any lazy, twisted translation to their public and the public will buy it. What's worse is that columnists at decent newspapers like the Independent don't question these reports--James Lawton, e.g., attacked Hleb for calling Cesc selfish. Someone should ask a Danish gooner to translate the original interview. From what I've read so far, Nik's comments were far less sensationalistic than the media is portraying.
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18/02/2009 14:30:00

Sorry for the very long post but this latest example of deliberate media maliciousness against one of our players just really got to me.
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18/02/2009 14:31:00

It's not just the tabloids, the broadsheets are just as - if not more (people generally expect more journalistic integrity from them...or at least I used to) bad in this. The Graun (the paper that I read most of the time) constantly copies stories from the red tops without verifying anything. They have some great comment writers - Sid Lowe, Marcela Mora y Araujo, Jonathan Wilson,Amy Lawrence,etc,but the day to day reporting and the PL-centered blogs /articles are dire, *****-stirring wastes of space and time. Especially Kevin McCarra and Fergie's lovechild Daniel Taylor.
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18/02/2009 14:33:00

Oh, one more thing: it's interesting to see which foreign language interviews the English media do NOT report on -- like Eduardo on Croatian and Brazilian TV saying that he did NOT see Martin Tyler at the hospital when he was injured nor did he receive any apology from him at the time; and also an interview with Cronaldo covered by Portuguese, Brazilian and African TV in which he said he hates Manchester and wishes he could live in Spain or at least London.
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18/02/2009 14:35:00

Sadly we have a ghoulish appetite for bad news - anything good or positive is dismissed is hardly considered newsworthy at all. The tabloids feed off that appetite and find it far too easy to select quotes or and/or order them in such as way as to distort the original context. The good thing is that the internet allows us to check this information pretty quickly and pieces like Tim's above allow at least some balance to be introduced. In the past we might have suspected the tabloids of lies and distortions - now we know there isn't any doubt about it.
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18/02/2009 14:40:00

well said Tim..the problem is that for me the jury is still out for N.B, i heard the alleged comments on the radio on the way to the game, and i wasnt even thinking straight i just thought what a typical thing for him to say,considering hes an above average player at the moment, trying to big himself up,a lot of media reports suggest that he is a very arrogant person,and this just summed him up, its easy to believe what certain people have been quoted if you dont really love them, for example even if cesc came out and said he hates london and arsenal,i would never believe it,and would question the medias integrity,but at the end of the day the media, are a bunch of lazy,lying scumbags, and in reality i would never believe a word of what is written or said from them, anyway why dont you just name and shame the bloggers,then we can ignore them...
fran merida
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18/02/2009 16:04:00

btw one of the blogs i enjoy reading, is arseblog...its so funny sometimes,and they take the rags stupid comments with a pinch of salt...
fran merida
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18/02/2009 16:10:00

F365 has run a feature on this in their mediawatch. So there ARE some media outlets that bring up what is frankly ***** reporting. When will people learn to treat the Mirror with scepticism? To be honest, I didnt think his comments were a big deal in the first place and didnt waste any of my time venting that Bendtner's attitude was *****. In fact, his attitude has improved remarkably after that incident with Ade last season, for those people who have closely followed his comments before and after. That was an excellent reality check for the lad.
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18/02/2009 16:35:00

Living in the US, it only took me seeing stories like this a couple of times for me not to take any story with random seeming quotes seriously. I know our press isn't much better but the British press is laughable. We have tabloids too, but a BBC or Sky type network would never reprint stories found in them as true. When I saw this story I just assumed they misquoted him or even made it up.
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18/02/2009 16:45:00

Bendtner played really well on monday, and I thought he tied our attacking moves together very well, but the overarching feeling from a lot of Gooners (and pundits) was 'That miss!' His header was a beaut - I do love a glancing header, me...
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18/02/2009 16:53:00

Bendtner DID play well on Monday in spite of 'that' miss. I have been critical of his performances in the past but provided he continues to work hard in games and continues to improve his first touch he will score goals and he will be a valuable player for us. Remember that he is still young (20?) and most players won't be at their best until their mid 20's at least. Footballers, especially strikers need confidence and self belief so I for one hope that he doesn't change in this respect.
norfolk dumpling
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18/02/2009 17:16:00

LD. you will be happy to know that we have used up our 7 credits for home cup games and will have to pay for Burnley and all the home ties that follow it. We could always opt out. Considering one was a qualifying CL game and another was a replay its kind of annoying.
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18/02/2009 17:37:00

Why are we so surprised, that a Newspaper as got things wrong, more that they just spiced thing up to get the Headlines, so they can sell they Newspaper.
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18/02/2009 17:55:00

Its the Anti Arsenal thing, anything that is said or done at Arsenal is seen as a opportunty to discredit the team. He is a confident chap, thats for sure. I hope he consistantly shows it on the pitch like monday which would make him not even have to say what he thinks of himself as every other player will think they should start every minute also.
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18/02/2009 17:59:00

Anti-Arsenal? The Daily Mails anti Spurs rhetoric is endless and spiteful.
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18/02/2009 21:17:00

I also think that Eduardo's Sun "exclusive" was taken directly from the ATVO interview. Or he must have given them the exact same answers to each question.
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18/02/2009 22:03:00

I got the e mail today Paul, they haven't given an opt out option for years. My ire wasn't based on the mirror misquoting, I expected that from pondscum like them. But the fact that so many Arsenal blogs used the quotes then refused to correct them, that's what *****ed me off.
Little Dutch
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18/02/2009 23:04:00

God your country's papers are *****e, like 7 big ones and the only one i'd wipe my arse with is the Independent.
Ozi Gooner
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19/02/2009 04:01:00

Agreed with the points made in the article except that I thought "clarification" might be a better term in place of "retraction"?
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19/02/2009 09:30:00

There is no analysis as well. Have you ever looked at an Italian Football magazine? Its like three paged of football analysis. We get "Eduardo passed to Vela who chipped it in the box for Eduardo to head home the 1st". That is where it stops. Lazy arse mother fooooooooosh!
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19/02/2009 12:01:00

Well look at which piece of pondscum has been reading Vital Arsenal.
Little Dutch
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19/02/2009 12:23:00

John Cross claims "footballers generally like journalists as much as Nemeth liked Middlesbrough". Well there's a good reason for that, you ******** idiot. Do your homework properly next time. That article was terrible, he basically tried to absolve himself of all responsibility. Perhaps, he should read this article where his quotes are in the proper context.
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19/02/2009 20:06:00

I love the way he says he has the Danish article downloaded onto his laptop, but then doesn't take it any further than that. Yeah mate, I've got some Scandanavian stuff on my laptop too, what's your point?
Little Dutch
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19/02/2009 20:26:00

Little Dutch
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19/02/2009 20:27:00

Just quite why people whose only 'skill' is to twist things like that and who's not even good at writing keep getting spaces for their 'columns' in the papers is really beyond me.
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20/02/2009 06:12:00


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