Dane has been with the Gunners for his entire career to date.
Out-of-favour Arsenal front man Nicklas Bendtner claims that he was “very disappointed” when the north London club opted to keep hold of him last summer rather than let the attacker leave the Emirates for a new team, according to reports in the Observer.
It had been widely assumed that Gunners head coach Arsene Wenger would look to offload the misfiring Denmark international during the close season, rather than keep hold of Bendtner, especially as there were a number of reported offers for the striker from clubs across the Continent.
However, much to the 25-year-old’s great surprise, the Frenchman called him on transfer deadline day to say tell Bendtner that he would actually be staying in the capital this season after all.
“Everything was in place for me, there were three clubs that were just waiting for me to say ‘yes please’ to them,” said Bendtner in an exclusive interview with Danish paper Berlingske.
“I was very disappointed when he [Wenger] phoned because I was ready to move on. I didn’t actually think that they wished to keep me.”
However, despite the Gunners manager opting to keep hold of the Dane in north London, so far in this campaign Bendtner has barely featured for the Premier League leaders, with Wenger instead favouring to play in-form France international Olivier Giroud as a lone centre forward for the majority of the season.
And as a result, the Dane has played in a total of just four matches for Arsenal in all competitions to date, only two of which have come in the Premier League, with Bendtner having still to find the back of the net for his club in this campaign.