English Premiership

Bendtner issues quit threat

2010-11-13 13:29
Nicklas Bendtner (File)

London - Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner has threatened to quit the English Premiership side if he is not given more playing time by manager Arsene Wenger, reports said on Saturday.

The Danish striker has started only two games this season after injury but feels he is being overlooked by the Frenchman.

Bendtner was reported as saying in The Sun newspaper: "If the situation doesn't change and I'm still on the bench at Arsenal, I'll look for a transfer. That's obvious.

"I feel I've done everything right in getting back to fitness.

"I feel better than before the injury and at that point I was in the starting 11 and close to fulfilling my potential. When I'm 100 percent fit, I can't accept sitting on the bench.

"I'm turning 23 soon and it's important to my development and further career to play regularly.

"I'll just say that I'm 100 percent good enough for the starting 11 in Arsenal.

"If my manager feels differently that's fair, and he's the one choosing the team, but then I disagree."

Wenger seems reluctant to change a successful formula that has seen Moroccan Marouane Chamakh, signed from Bordeaux earlier this season, scoring eight goals.

Comparing Arsenal's campaign to a train, he said that neither Bendtner nor Manuel Almunia, who is also unhappy at not starting, would be leaving the club.

He said: "You ask me 'we are on a train, who wants to go to the terminal station and that means nobody moves out when the train is moving.'"

Arsenal have suffered an inconsistent season so far and occupy third place in the table, five points adrift of Chelsea and one behind Manchester United, ahead of Saturday's match at Everton.

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