9 years as a Gunner, Nicklas Bentdner had spent three seasons out on loan spells to fellow English sides Birmingham City and Sunderland, and even a trip to Italy with Juventus in 2012. However, on his return from Turin, the center forward urged for a transfer to Crystal Palace, which the then club manager Arsène Wenger didn’t make fruitful. Result? Cusses over telephone.
The 31 year old dropped the bombshell in ‘Both Sides’ his recently published self memoir, where Bendtner, currently playing at his native side FC Copenhagen wrote about one interesting conversation with the Frenchman regarding an almost done deal with The Eagles which dropped on the deadline day.
Bendtner writes: “Wenger rings. He goes straight to the case. ‘It doesn’t matter to your move, we haven’t been able to buy the striker we wanted. So now you have to be a backup. It will be your job next year.”
The Danish international goes on mentioning his agent Tom Brookes, who failed to get the green light on his move to Selhurst Park: “I hang up. Looking at Tom, who shrugs. Then I call back. Saying a lot of ugly, disrespectful things. Like ‘a**hole’ and ‘w***er.”
However, Bendtner’s wish for a move away from north London came true the following season, as Bundesliga side VfL Wolfsburg landed him on a a three year deal.