Nicklas Bendtner Told to Leave Arsenal, Karim Benzema and Edin Dzeko Linked

Nick Akerman@NakermanFeatured ColumnistNovember 13, 2013

Nicklas Bendtner has been told to leave Arsenal by Denmark coach Morten Olsen.

The national team manager, who continues to pick Bendtner despite poor form and a lack of club football, believes it is time the frustrating striker plies his trade away from the Emirates, per Simon Jones of the Daily Mail:

Bendtner scored two great goals for us in the game against Italy, but there were also things he lacked in the match and this only comes through playing games.

It is for this reason that he should find something new this winter. I think he will make the recommendation to himself and that is the main thing. Footballers want to play football.

He needs to play. He has maybe 10 years left to go; he must use them well.

Bendtner’s sporadic appearances for Arsenal—who currently sit two points clear atop the Premier League—highlight an individual who has become painfully irrelevant in North London.

Arsene Wenger has only started the 25-year-old on two occasions this season, both of which came in Capital One Cup matches, per WhoScored.com. His performance in the loss to Chelsea was heavily jeered by Gunners fans, as noted by Phil Duncan of the Daily Mail:

A cacophony of cheers rippled around the Emirates Stadium. Arsenal hadn't scored. Arsenal hadn't taken a shot on goal. Nope, Arsenal didn't even have the ball.

The huge roar – the loudest heard at the home of the Barclays Premier League table toppers on Tuesday night – came when fourth official Andre Marriner raised his board and displayed the number 23.

Nicklas Bendtner's torrid evening was over.

A desperation move saw Wenger bring Bendtner on during Arsenal’s recent loss to Manchester United.

The French manager desperately needs the option of playing two in-form strikers when his side are searching for a goal, but as summed up by Bendtner’s inability to get on the end of Bacary Sagna’s pinpoint cross in the Old Trafford tie, the failing Dane is unlikely to offer a plethora of goals.

Jones’ report outlines Karim Benzema and Edin Dzeko as possible Arsenal targets, both of whom would significantly strengthen the club’s attack and offer Olivier Giroud respite in the lone striker’s role.

Dzeko’s possible Etihad departure is also hinted at in an alternative Daily Mail report from Jones, where he suggests the Bosnian forward could be lined up as a replacement for Robert Lewandowski at Borussia Dortmund.

Most Arsenal fans will be glad to see the back of Bendtner, especially as the world-class names linked with a move to the club represent the massive stride forward Wenger's team have made this season. With Mesut Ozil's club-record transfer in the books, expect others to follow.

Bendtner is lucky to have remained at Arsenal for this long, especially as he offers the team very little in the way of goals or creative output.

Wenger is unlikely to receive much of a fee for the player, but as the Gunners search for silverware, the manager needs to quickly improve his striking options.

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