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Manchester City miss out on Arsenal striker: Not exactly on a par with Kaka!

Anyone with a quarter of a brain can see that Mark Hughes needs a target man at Eastlands. Yes, the likes of Robinho, Ireland and SWP are all dangerous at home when Manchester City have lots of possession and keep the ball on the deck, although their poor away form is partly down to not having someone who can hold the ball up and bring others into play. It seems this is set to continue for the rest of the season after missing out on this Gunners forward.

Nicklas Bendtner might not be everyone’s cup of tea, but it appears the ‘richest club in the world’ were sniffing around him over the past few days. Indeed, the Daily Mail reports that City might have landed their man if it wasn’t for the uncertainty surrounding their acquisition of a certain Russian that’s been featuring quite prominently on the back pages.

Manchester City failed in a deadline-day bid to take Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner on loan.

City spent most of Monday scouring the market for a tall centre forward after they opted against forking out close to £25million for Blackburn’s Roque Santa Cruz.

Instead, they targeted a loan for 6ft 3in Bendtner but Arsenal could not afford to let him go as they were still unsure about Andrei Arshavin’s signing.

Bendtner has never really been more than a fringe player for the Gunners, weighing in with a few goals here and there but never convincing Arsene Wenger that he’s worth a regular run in the team. Perhaps the greedy Dane would have been just what Manchester City needed, although he’s not renowned for his aerial ability despite his height. Do Arsenal fans think he still has a future at the Emirates or should the club cash in the 21-year-old?

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