I’ll be honest – I never thought Arsenal would sign Karim Benzema but when I heard the rumours I wanted to believe them.
Benzema is a name everyone will hear about for years to come regardless of him starting out in Ligue 1 – so too did Zinedine Zidane.
Anyway, I digress, he not signing for Arsenal is like a bullet through my heart so I resort to my default mode for anyone who doesn’t sign for the most wonderful of clubs – “He’s not good enough anyway”, so he can just beat it.
Regardless of whether Arsene Wenger sells or keeps Emmanuel “Beyonce” Adebayor, Arsenal don’t need a new striker. The attacking threat of Arsenal is perhaps the best of any in the English league – should they all remain fit.
Remember the time we had Henry, Pires, Ljungberg, Wiltord and co. barrelling down on goal? Next season can just be as good.
What other team can boast the options of Cesc Fabregas, Tomas Rosicky, Samir Nasri, Robin van Persie, Theo Walcott, Eduardo, Carlos Vela and, for the time being, Emmanuel Adebayor?
I didn’t even list the stranger from Moscow, Andrey Arshavin.
However, none of them next season will be Arsenal’s top scorer – not through injury, or bad fate, or Arsenal been rubbish – no, simply they will be outshone by one man.
You are not alone in thinking I have lost it. Bendtner is one of those marmite players who you either love or hate – however it isn’t that black or white.
At the start of last season, Bendtner started out as fourth choice for the club, not even knowing whether he had a career in North London. His performances reflected this – they were inconsistent and at times he was lazy.
Then there was a change – Adebayor angered the fans and then he got injured. Around the same time it seemed Bendtner had a long, hard look at the man in the mirror. He knew and admitted that he wasn’t good enough. With Adebayor out he took his chance.
Pulling his socks up Bendtner gave it his all on the field – chasing down lost causes, something Adebayor didn’t.
He stayed onside – something Adebayor didn’t.
He found himself in great positions in and around the box – something Adebayor didn’t.
The one thing he didn’t do too often was find that finishing ball – the goal. But they are in him, his finishes against Dynamo Kiev, West Brom and Bolton can’t be learned.
The one against Dynamo showed off his control (that is often lacking), West Brom showed his heading abilities while against Bolton at the Emirates he showed his heart to get in at the back post at a time when Arsenal couldn’t buy a goal.
What Bendtner needs is a cool head, not to panic when things aren’t going right. He needs Eduardo da Silva to be beside him – the Crozilian oozes patience and coolness that’ll rub off on those around him.
Mark my words, coming into World Cup year, Nicklas Bendtner will want to prove himself for a high flying Denmark. He will be dangerous next season.
It may sound off the wall but Arsenal’s pink boot wearing forward could be the second highest scorer in next season’s EPL when you take into account the talent he has giving him service and indeed the talent he himself possesses.