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Arsenal Stuck With Nicklas Bendtner as Hull City Refuse to Meet Cost of Signing Danish Forward

Non-scoring Dane had been set for a move to Premier League new boys. 

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Hull City head coach Steve Bruce says that misfiring Arsenal front man Nicklas Bendtner is just too expensive to bring to the KC stadium this summer, reports Goal.com.

The lanky Denmark international has been deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger after eight years in north London.

During that time, the 25-year-old has generally struggled to hold down a regular starting berth up front for Arsenal under the Frenchman, featuring in just 157 matches in total in all competitions for the club in that period, scoring only 45 goals, including a paltry 22 strikes in his 99 Premier League outings in the capital.

As a result, the striker has spent both of the previous two campaigns on season-long loans, the first with Bruce at Sunderland, and then again in the previous campaign when Bendtner played for Serie A champions Juventus.

However, both those two spells proved equally disastrous, with  Bendtner not even scoring a single goal during his whole time spent in Turin, while at the Stadium of Light he netted just eight goals in his 30 appearances for the Black Cats.

But the Dane and Bruce will not be reunited again next season after the latter admitted the Tigers just cannot afford to sign the forward, telling Sky Sports News: “Nicklas, I’ve had twice, and there’s no question about his ability.

“It’s obviously, when you’re coming from a club like Arsenal, a) can we afford him? and b) would Nicklas want to come to us?

“So, all of those questions we have to ask ourselves and the big thing is the financial one.

“I think as a club [Hull] a few years ago it got itself into a mess and, if it wasn’t for the owners now in charge, then the club would still be in a mess.

“We have to be well balanced and afford what we can afford, and not send the club, if we don’t succeed in what we want to do, into an abyss. We’ve got to be mindful of that.

“Nicklas Bendtner, without question, has got huge talent, but he might just be too expensive.”


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