All is not well at The Emirates regarding Nicklas Bendtner and Arsene Wenger’s relationship.
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Nicklas Bendtner has been frozen out of today’s north London derby.
Bendtner has been out in the cold since his outburst last week when he admitted he wants to leave unless he is given a more regular starting place.
Arsenal also fear Bendtner may have been “tapped up” with German giants Bayern Munich monitoring developments closely.
Bendtner’s father and agent Thomas admitted he believes Wenger is leaving his his son out in the cold for his outburst as he says he is fully fit.
When asked whether Wenger was dishing out punishment, Thomas Bendtner said: “Well, it looks like that, doesn’t it? There is nothing wrong with Nicklas, he is 100 percent ready to play that match.
“It is surprising for me to hear, that Nicklas will not be playing that match. Partly because Nicklas is now fully fit, and partly compared to the things, Wenger has said about wanting to use Nicklas and being happy that he could now have him back.”
Thomas Bendtner refused to comment on whether Bayern had ‘tapped up’ the Arsenal striker.
Bendtner senior added: “I have no comments on that issue. You would have to ask Bayern about that, because they are the ones being accused of doing that.”
Mirror Sport revealed this week Bendtner is fit despite missing last Sunday’s defeat at Everton and being omitted from the Denmark squad in midweek.
Bendtner, 22, has trained all week and will now serve out the remainder of his punishment by being axed from the north London derby.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger said: “I’ve not a lot more to add. I believe that he will not be involved on Saturday but he will play on Tuesday in Braga certainly.
“I rotate the squad and I decide sometimes the players I want to get into the squad for the next game, it’s better that they practice rather than sitting on the bench doing nothing especially when they’re coming back from injuries.”
Bayern Munich have been tracking Bendtner but Wenger insists that, despite the latest fall-out, he does not want him to leave.
Wenger added: “Nicklas Bendtner is just coming back from injury. He played at the World Cup without being at his best.
“From what I can see he is very close, he is 95 per cent of his best and we hope he will contribute on our side to help us win football games and trophies. We do not educate players to let them go.” (Mirror)
If this story from the Mirror is to be believed, then all is not well at The Emirates. Nicklas Bendtner has made no secret of his desire to leave, but it would appear that Wenger would like to see him stay at the club.
Of course, the omission from today’s game could well be down to the player not being 100% fit, but according to his father, Bendtner is desperate to get a run out for the side and is ready to play.
The Danish striker has been pushed down the pecking order at The Emirates since the arrival of Marouane Chamakh over the summer, and with Robin Van Persie set to return from injury, Bendtner will have to work hard in order to prove that he is worthy of a first-team place.
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