Bendtner. “The Marmite Kid”.

Sorry to use such a common cliché (as David “kerbcrawler” Pleat calls our left back). but everyone seems to love him or hate him, me I am sitting on the fence on this one. I am warming to him, but he frustrates the hell out of me, I was livid after he missed 3 one on ones with the keeper against Burnley.

Saturday he was back to his old barn door self. Okay he may miss a few chances, but as the old saying goes “you have to be in it, to win it” and when Nikki plays, he is a big lad 6′ 4″ and he is certainly gets in the thick of it. chases the ball, always trying something, though it doesn’t always come off . On the other hand we have a different type  of  striker in Eduardo, rarely misses but can go missing for the majority of a game, sometimes all of a game, doesn’t seem to have the presence to dictate a game, needs others to feed him. He would not have missed nowhere near as many chances as Nikki but would he have ever got into the positions Nikki gets into?

Is it better to create 8 chances and  miss 8, or create no chances at all?  The former gives better odds for a goal but is so frustrating to watch, okay it is not a definite science and I may have exaggerated it to get my point over. Also Nikki is just our 4th choice striker, I have heard that excuse a thousand times. Is that how it works?  “Rvp isn’t fit”, “okay try Eduardo”,  No good Arsene”.. “Okay Nikki B it is then” or  are they all equal and  Mr Wenger obe picks them on form and what is best suited to play the opposition. If Bendtner hits top form can he not be 3rd choice striker?  Or 1st?.. If by some  form of miracle we could take the best parts of the two strikers and genetically bond them, we would have the best striker in the world… Probably..


84 Responses to Bendtner. “The Marmite Kid”.

  1. avenell says:

    Morning roadsters.. 😉

  2. peachesgooner says:

    Morning avenell morning roadsters

    And I thought you were up early ave 😉

    Just heard a Villa fan on the radio sounded

  3. peachesgooner says:

    oooh how did that happen? I hadn’t finished.

    Just heard a Villa fan on the radio and he sounded just like one of us – good manager, inexperienced young players, inept tactician, theres money but he hasn’t spent it, must buy a couple of big name players, must compete like the other big four clubs, included Arsenal in the ‘big four’ 🙂

    Were baaaaaaaccccccckkkkkk 😆

  4. peachesgooner says:

    Good post ave, my view is that Arsenal are a team and we need team players. Nikki works hard for the team and as you said gets into great goal-scoring positions.

    I reckon he’ll come good, hes an intelligent footballer. If Dudu had been fit Nikki would not have had so many games – he would have come off the bench and possibly scored or helped change the game each time.

    Some of our young playrs have been thrown in the deep end because of injuries to key players. We’ve survived without Cesc, its not been enjoyable to watch but we’re still in the 2 cups that we love and thanks to the spuds down the road we can hopefully cement our place in the top four.

  5. peachesgooner says:

    Its ok, I’m not gonna claim it, no-one around to cheer 😆 😆 😆

  6. kelsey says:

    Good Morning all,
    Thought provoking post there Avenell,and it is quite complex to decide if Bedntner or Ade or Eduado should be the best option as to our number one striker,and to me there is no clear solution.All teams under AW play the same way,and the quick counter attack,which has sadly been missing,became evident for the first time with Theo back in the side.Eduardo is by far the most clinical,a sort of fox in the box,like van Nistelerroy(spelling)and Nic’s all round play and distribution was good,but not for the first time his finishing was poor.Many say,give him 3 more years to develop,but at whose’s expense.Ade,looks like turning into a one season wonder,and I admit I don’t like him as I find him a disruptive influence at the club,but that’s just my opinion.Come the summer I believe either Nic or Ade will go,and we may buy another striker.Theo will eventually play more centrally,but not for a while,and I feel we may have to assess which position RVP plays,as he is not an out striker,he is a score of spectacular goals,not a a spectacular player.

    There is an interesting debate going to Parliament today,that the PL has the highest paid players in the world,yet staff such as catering,shop assistants,programme sellers and those in the wholesale section,are being payed the minimum working wage of 5.75 and there is a petition to get this addressed.

    Finally,it was so nice to have the feel good factor return, which was evident by the crowds reaction,yet when Eboe went against orders and took the penalty,,AW was not a happy man,his face showed it all.One can argue that it had no significance with 2 minutes left,but again i see it as undermining the manager,fergie wouldn’t have allowed it.It’s only a small point,but something that I have mentioned before,abour player power.

    the sun is shining and the boy is taking 2 steps forward and one back and I am on my own still for a while I guess.

  7. London says:

    Morning Kelsey

    That was a very interesting read in itself. I’m still taking it in. I will get back to you.

  8. rico01 says:

    Morning All

    Ave – Nik is nothing like Marmite – I love Marmite

    Kelsey – Eboue showed his true colours i think, why would any player want to deny a fellow team member of a hatrick, especially a new team mate – hope that gets him dropped and we see Theo again tomorrow night


    Bac Kolo Gallas Gibbs

    Theo Song Nasri AA

    RvP & Vela


  9. rico01 says:

    Kelsey – Good to hear Ben is making a return to good health, albeit a slow one.

  10. rico01 says:

    Off for a few hours – catch you all after lunch 😛

    Enjoy the sunshine

  11. avenell says:

    Morning again roadsters.. 2 mornings in one day. 🙂

    Sorry jonjon batt died last night and I didn’t think you could read the blog so I apologise this morning..

  12. Rasputin says:

    Morning Roadsters,

    Interesting post avenell, I think Nik is much more of a team player than Ade so would definitely keep him out of the two. The old ‘hero to zero’ syndrome has been more evident than ever this season. Look at AgbonLH getting booed off yesterday when he was a hero when things were going their way earlier in the season. I think there are two indisputable facts that bring the whole situation into perspective.

    Players, most of all strikers – particularly young strikers, need confidence and that comes from scoring goals and feeling the support of the manager, fans and team-mates

    To state the blindingly obvious, everybody is more forgiving when we are winning. We laughed at Eboues comical stepovers when we were thrashing Porto and booed him off a few weeks later when he couldn’t make a pass. The significance of a missed chance is amplified a thousand times when you are a goal behind instead of cruising to victory.

    I am worried that just when the team seems to have found balance and cohesion, that the re-introduction of Ade and dare I say Cesc, might just disrupt a formula that has finally begun to work!

  13. Big Raddy says:

    Out all day, but wanted to reply to a comment by Rico yesterday.

    Cheese !!

    Yes , of course I recall our chat. In fact as a direct result, I went to Neils Yard on my trip to Blighty, and bought cheeses to bring back home. You guys cost me a fortune …. that place is great but pricey.

    As to Nik, you know my opinion. I see a big player in him. His problem is ‘grace under pressure’. A year of good Sports Psychotherapy will help with that. It works in golf, and could be very beneficial to him. Nik has all the attributes to be a super player.

    Kelsey . Good to hear Ben is making a strong recovery. I don’t envy you having your wife 1000 miles away, but she will return soon. Can you cook, or is it a takeaway life for you ? 🙂 Speak soon…

  14. JonJon says:

    bendtners crap. 😆

  15. JonJon says:

    On a serious note, out of the two i’d prefer nikki to adebayor. nikkis all round play is better and neither can finish so id rather ade left and we get him off the wage bill.

    But, if someone came in for nikki with a 12-15mil bid in the summer, would you take it???? i would.

    i think nikki needs to go out on loan again because he cant handle the pressure of playing for a big club yet.

  16. avenell says:

    Morning jonjon.. sorry about last night mate.. I have found a spare battery now..
    Hows your internet? I guess you are using works one at the minute.

  17. avenell says:

    If Nikki and Ade were on the same wages and were worth the same money in the transfer market.. I would unload Ade out of the two.. Ade has been a disgrace since the summer.

  18. JonJon says:

    yep im at work

    i’ll tell whats annoyed me with nik the most.

    i really really wanted the lad to come in and do us all a favor and prove to wenger he can afford to let that arrogant shit wanker leave in the summer

    adebayors back soon and he’ll get straight back in the team because of that 30 goal thing hes got in his pocket from last year

  19. avenell says:

    I hope not jj.. last year ade cornered the market. What with Dudu and his injury and RvP with his list.. Bendtner wasn’t ready at all.

    Ade has some competition now.. and I hope mr wenger is brave enough to clearly see what’s going on and act accordingly.

  20. avenell says:

    If he plays Ade I hope he is just putting him in the shop window with a for sale sign on him..

  21. chaf says:

    Good morning.

    Just a quick shout before I start work.

    EE has now overstepped the sympathy mark. Everyone felt sorry for him, after the booing. He was playing rubbish, and out of position, and we evened it up by being extremely nice to him and cheering him through gritted teeth. He accepted our kindness and is now wringing it out to dry.
    Thinking we really like him, he took away a potential (at the time) hatrick from a new player, against the manager’s, and everyone’s wishes, and behaved like a bully in the playground.
    There is a conduct at Arsenal that is rare, which runs through our club, from the players, to the board (but not the caterers), and I suggest he gets a book on Arsenal and reads through the history….

  22. JonJon says:

    top comment chaf

    i originally thought eboue was given the penalty, but after having a propergander at it he acted like a brat

    hes another one that should be off in the summer.

  23. avenell says:

    Morning Chaf..
    What annoyed me more than the penalty was the celebration of his goal. These players are so removed from what the fans really think it’s unreal.
    I know he shouldn’t take everything bad to heart, but then he should have been more humble in his celebration. players like Ade and eboue need a quiet word in there shell likes..

  24. Rasputin says:

    I get the impression that AW sees the way forward as having mobile (small?), quick, technically gifted midfielders that swarm all over the opposition and all of whom can score goals. The post-Hleb purchases have all fitted that description. A 4-5-1 that can quickly become a 4-3-3 can be the most attacking formation and so the definition of striker/big man up front becomes less relevant – or just a good ‘plan B’

  25. avenell says:

    I really really hope so ras… like spain..

  26. chaf says:

    It’s funny, most ‘Avenell roaders’ want more people to leave, than are looking for players to come in.

    While I’m at it, can’t help but laughing at Villa. Four weeks ago, on the radio, “we can get third spot”.

  27. avenell says:

    It’s mainly jonjon.. he’s trying to streamline the

    There’s plenty of players who we would like to come in.. championship manager blog starts in june.. 🙂

  28. JonJon says:

    thats another top comment ave,

    eboue scores a tap in and a pen and celebrates like hes our best player and has won us the treble

    he really should be keeping his head down and understand hes still not everyones favorite player

  29. chaf says:

    Morning Rasp,

    Agree with you, the midfield would be like a swarm of bees moving around the field.

  30. Rasputin says:

    I didn’t want to mention the Eboue goal celebrations for fear of being misinterpreted. I don’t like to see ‘exclusive’ goal celebrations – it should be the whole team. For the African players to do their little dance after the penalty was wrong. Eboue should have gone straight over to Vela because he won the penalty and celebrated with all the players. I hadn’t realised EE took the penalty against AW’s wishes. I think Vela shuld have been given first refusal, unless they still operate the system that the player fouled never takes the pen.

  31. JonJon says:

    and float like a butterfly.

  32. Rasputin says:

    Morning chaf,

    We have the personnel….we just need AW to let them out of the hive together now 😉

  33. JonJon says:

    top comment rasp

  34. peachesgooner says:

    rasp – so you’re gonna take all the credit for the raspeaches plan eh?

    Fine, I’ll remember that…………

  35. avenell says:

    I thought they operated that system ras..(a bit like the shirt rule).. I know it changed the other week when Dudu got a penalty.

  36. JonJon says:

    the eboue one

  37. Rasputin says:

    Morning peaches – I don’t think either of us have the right to make exclusive claim over that theory…..but its great that we all agree 🙂

  38. avenell says:

    What makes me laugh with the africans celebrations, is sagna tries to join in but is always out of sync.. 🙂

  39. Rasputin says:

    Perhaps we’ll have to teach Bendy to do ‘the robot’ 😆

  40. avenell says:

    Hi peaches.. are you blackberrying it today?

    easy for you to say 😉

  41. kelsey says:

    Just to clear the penalty up.AW had instructed AA to take it,Eboue knew that,but avoided eye contact with AW purposely,and basically disobeyed orders.The announcer greeted the goal with scorer “the goal machine E.E.AW’s face told it all.

    Raddy 2400 miles away.

  42. rico01 says:

    Afternoon All

    Double wammy of bad news –

    Eboue is about to sign a new contract
    Thomas has a two week set back 😦

    I dont know which is the worst 😉

  43. avenell says:

    Eboue is a loyal footballer dedicated to Arsenal there’s not many around that show such attributes.. 😉

  44. rico01 says:

    ave 😛

    Arsene says that Bentner can follow Eboue’s lead !!! 😥

  45. rico01 says:

    cant even spell the name right 😉

  46. avenell says:

    Did you see the pics of arshavin standing next to Ade on newsnow?.. dodgy camera angle, but ade is a big lump.. 🙂

  47. avenell says:

    Just seen the Gazza interview on sky news, that is so sad.. 😦

  48. peachesgooner says:

    hello, has everyone been snoozing in the sun 🙂

  49. peachesgooner says:

    Whats up with Gazza ave?

  50. avenell says:

    He has just come out of rehab again and looks crap.. His heart stopped 3 times and he tried to kill himself..
    He looks broken like he isn’t going to make it.. I hope he does though.

  51. London says:

    Ok, I know it’s a bit early but I can’t resist.

    My team for Hull:

    Sagna – Djourou – Gallas – Gibbs
    Walcott – Song – Diaby – Arshavin
    ———Eduardo – RVP

    Starting from the back: it has already been announced that Fabianski and Gibbs will start so no clairvoyance needed there.
    Sagna: must be the fittest player in the club so I am still going for our braided right back over our new found goal machine.
    Djourou: always plays in the FA cup.
    Gallas: seems to alternate with Toure.
    Walcott: I left him out of my team selection on the weekend, got it wrong that time, not going to do it again.
    Denilson always seems to be rested for the FA Cup so Song and Diaby make complete sense.
    Arshavin: if he is capable of playing 10 minutes after receiving 8 stitches, he can play against Hull.
    Eduardo: I simply do not think that he is injured; playing him in the FA Cup is part of a well thought out reintroduction strategy.
    RVP: because with him this line up is the most exciting, potent, attacking combination that we have at the club. It is our dream attack. Walcott,Eduardo,RVP,Arshavin. Be afraid, be very afraid.

  52. avenell says:

    I don’t think dudu is in the squad and arshavin is a doubt with a gashed foot.. that must be worse than a cut foot lol..
    That’s why he ran to the club doctor on saturday to thank him after the goal as he put stiches in it..

  53. peachesgooner says:

    London – you love this game don’t you? Like you I love the fact that we’re going to be terrifying other teams now with our skill and pace and can’t wait for tomorrow.

    I was going to suggest that Eboue might play instead of Sagna but now I think that Eboue might be punished for grabbing the penalty on saturday so I’ll go with Sagna too.

    We really need to spank Hull after what they did to us earlier in the season – I’m going for 5-0

  54. kelsey says:

    Good Evening,

    I must congratulate myself about the breaking news i gave you after the game that AA had stitches put in at half time 🙂

    Seriously,eduardo is definitely out,Ramsey is not included,and Almunia though planned to be rested will miss the newcastle game as well.AA is a doubt aswell.I hope RVP starts.

    Shame about rosicky,the worst kept secret at Arsenal this season.

  55. peachesgooner says:

    Hi kelsey – never mind the bad arsenal team news, what news of ben today?

  56. kelsey says:

    Hi peaches,
    slowly recovering but at walking pace,now ready to take the various vitamins prescribed,i didn’t realise being dehydrated was so dangerous and harmful to the body.

    Anyone want 50 kilos of dog shit, i hear it’s a good fertilizer 🙂

  57. kelsey says:

    are you still dwelling on my post this morning 😉

  58. kelsey says:


    i get the message.

  59. London says:

    It was a very good post Kelsey. I was trying to come back with some smarty pants reply but you got me. Lol

  60. kelsey says:

    It’s free by the way,delivered to your doorstop ,and i don’t mean eboue.

  61. London says:

    I know I am going out on a limb here about Eduardo, but is anyone going on anything else other than what is written on the club web site, which I may add is not clear or conclusive.

  62. avenell says:

    I thought you was descibing Modric

    london are you hitting the phone box and putting the cape on?
    Mystic megs connection was down last night so i don’t know if he will be on…

  63. kelsey says:

    There’s a lot of coded messages going on here,I feel 🙂

  64. avenell says:

    Not really kelsey.. mystic meg is jonjon as he predicted the score for saturday.. and clark kent is superman aka london.. who is our post writer..

  65. avenell says:

    How are you by the way?

  66. kelsey says:

    I was watching Arsenal TV last night with Bob Wilson,and how he came to Arsenal and played in the fairs Cup final in 69 and was part of the 71 double winning team,and it brought back so many memories,that the new younger fans who have only known success under Aw, can’t appreciate.
    I went to Brussels for the first leg against Anderlecht,which we lost 3-1.The day return with ticket was £12..00We won the home leg 3=0 and a bloke sitting in my row in the West Stand had a fatal heart attack.

  67. kelsey says:

    I am living on takeaways and the occasional meal cooked by friends.I reckon another week until my wife comes back.The longest we have been apart in 31 years.

  68. avenell says:

    Was that the interview where bob said in the 69 cup final frank mclintock got knocked on the head by the trombone player in the band? something to to with throwing his losers medal away.

  69. kelsey says:

    No that was the league cup Final we lost to Swindon,on a bog of a pitch.What an embarresment that was.Bobby gould scored the equaliser and cried,and don Rogers won the game in extra time.i think that was 69,the fairs cup final 70 and the double was 71.

  70. London says:

    Because Ure bungled. I still haven’t forgiven him. What’s the opposite to Lol…grrr.

  71. chaf says:

    Breaking news, I just spoke to Arshavin, he’s not playing. He was in my local Tesco’s just now, limping around! I guess Arsenal have put him in the same area as Sagna, who lives at the end of my road. He is small…

  72. chaf says:

    By the way, the Fairs Cup final was probably the best moment in my Arsenal life because we hadn’t won anything. I remember getting on the pitch, as I did at Spurs a couple of years later, but got a clip round the ear and thrown into the terracing by a portly old copper.

  73. chaf says:

    I’m having a conversation with myself here

  74. chaf says:

    Yeah, but I’ve got to put away the shopping

  75. London says:

    OK Kelsey I said I would get back to you. Lol

    Maybe I’m blind to this matter but I can’t see the problem with Bendtner. The fact that he is our forth choice striker is not an excuse; it reasuringly highlights the depth of our strike force. At 20 years old he represents all that is good about the youth policy at Arsenal. The only debate that I can see is whether you think he will ultimately become Arsenal’s number 1 striker and at the rate that he is improving I find it difficult to imagine that he won’t.
    Whenever Wenger is challenged about Bendner he always states the following: “You have to remember that Thierry Henry was 23 when he arrived” The implication is obvious; Bendtner is doing extremely well at such a young age.
    It’s worth remembering how we have come to the point where Bendtner is referred to as the Marmite Kid.
    Nothing was expected of Bendtner at the beginning of the season; the season was never reliant on Bendtner so he is not to blame in any way for our league position.
    The season started; he made a few cameo appearances in the league and all was well.
    He then played a blinder in the Carling Cup against Sheffield United scoring two goals and expectations soared.
    The next significant event was his poor performance against Burnley away and he was vilified for it. The reason was not that he missed two crucial chances; people turned against him becasue he looked disinterested and worse, he selfishly ignored team mates who were in better positions to score. This prompted the boos and I will not condemn those who did so.
    Bendtner then made some good cameos coming on late in several games and scoring some crucial goals, Bolton springs to mind.
    He was still having problems putting in a full 90 minutes but this changed in the West Brom away, scoring two more superb goals.
    This brings us to Blackburn: as we know he missed a sack load of chances but crucially it has to be said that he wasn’t lazy and he wasn’t greedy and that is why he got his standing ovation when he left the field.
    The improvement in Bendtner from the beginning of the season and now is enormous. To me there is nothing Marmite about Bendner at all, he is our forth choice striker who will one day be our first.
    Super, super Nick, super, super Nick, super, super Nick, super Nicholas Bendtner.

    Queue Jonjon…

  76. London says:


    I was busy writing a novel. So you reckon no way Arshavin will be playing tomorrow?

  77. London says:

    Must be something good on telly. See you tomorrow.

  78. chaf says:

    ‘A tale of two Nicky’s’? Not by the look of it London. He’s exploring North London supermarkets. I’m not sure myself about the boy. Must admit I like him, he always looks disappointed when he misses.

  79. chaf says:

    Just looked at that, Arshavin – supermarket bit- Nick Bendtner – the not sure bit…

  80. chaf says:

    Ok I give up. Goodnight and probably good morning

  81. avenell says:

    Sorry chaf.. been on the phone to jonjon.. he has connection problems, but the phone doesn’t work where the computer is..

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