Arsenal’s Arsene Wenger explains why he blocked Nicklas Bendtner exit

Arsene Wenger reveals that he prevented Nicklas Bendtner from leaving Arsenal because Gunners are short of strikers

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Nicklas Bendtner spent last season on loan to Juventus Photo: The Sport Review

Arsene Wenger has revealed that he prevented Nicklas Bendtner from leaving Arsenal this summer because the Gunners were short of striking options.

Crystal Palace were thought to be close to signing the Denmark international, who has not played for Arsenal since the 2011-12 season after loan spells at Sunderland and Juventus.

However, the Gunners boss moved to block the 25-year-old’s potential move away from Emirates Stadium due to Arsenal’s lack of attacking options.

And Wenger is convinced that the forward can still be an important player for the north London club during the course of the season.

“I had a chat with him because I blocked his move,” Wenger said.

“I wanted him to stay in the end because I felt that we were short up front, that Sanogo might need a few months to adapt.

“As well as that Nicklas Bendtner, with the right state of mind and the right focus, has the quality to help the squad to win things.

“He was honest. He is an honest guy. We want complete commitment and focus from him and he promised that.

“Nicklas Bendtner, with complete focus and commitment, will be a very strong player in our squad.”

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