Anyone who bought this kit could well be line for a refund from the big man himself!
Bendtner’s decision to change number has not got off to the best start as he faces a £10,000 bill from Arsenal after offering to reimburse fans who bought replica shirts bearing his old number.
Nicklas Bendtner has promised to pay full refunds to any Arsenal fans who paid for a replica shirt with his name and number on it after he changed his squad number to 52.
The Denmark striker, hoping for a strong season after Emmanuel Adebayor’s departure, says the number is a “special number to me personally”, and apologised to his fans for the inconvenience.
Bendtner told the club’s website: “The new season’s almost here, and along with the rest of the players I’m really excited.
“Before it starts I wanted to change my squad number from 26 which I’ve had for a number of seasons now. I chose to move to 52 because it’s a special number to me personally, and I hope that it brings me good luck.”
Bendtner, who scored 15 goals in 50 games last season, added: “I appreciate that a good number of fans have bought their 2009-10 kits with names and numbers.
“I’d like personally to cover the cost of replacing anyone’s shirt that has my previous number. It means a lot to see supporters wearing your name and number.”
Arsenal say the refund offer is open to fans who bought their shirts through Arsenal club outlets. (The Guardian)
Since when is anyone’s lucky number 52? Anyway if the idea is that he is going to reimburse all those who got a shirt with his name and number, then by my reckoning the £10k he is willing to pay back would cover about 250 shirts from customers who wanted to have Bendtner scrawled across their shoulders and I can’t decide if that’s more or less than I expected?
Still it’s a nice gesture from a player who I fully expect to steadily improve this term much as he did last season.