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Talent and Arrogance

Talent and Arrogance

Don't necessarily have to go together, but it seems with Nicklas Bendtner they are effectively married.

There is no doubting the class of Bendtner and he certainly has a good future ahead of him, but a bit of humility would go a long way with this youngster.

We've all seen his previous outbursts about thinking he's good enough to walk into the Arsenal side and so on, and he doesn't seem to be able to let it go. Again, he is not winning himself any friends and quite frankly we have already seen extremely talented footballers limit their options with the big clubs because of their attitudes and inability to put their brains into gear before speaking.

I'll start with the Arsenal comments before moving onto his strop over McSheffrey taking the penalty in our last match in another article.

SSN have carried the following quote from Bendtner:

'Arsenal need to give me a sign they are going to play me. I`ve had a taste of regular football and I don`t want to be back in the reserves again.'

The lad is 18, playing well but is nowhere near the finished product yet he thinks he should be guaranteed the same sort of treatment as Henry or Rooney?

A period of loan for a young player is to give them an insight into first team football, give them some experience and confidence as they continue to learn the game. It's not there for them to become so big headed they think they can walk into any squad in the Premiership.

It seems highly unlikely that he will remain at Arsenal much longer, I doubt he has endeared himself to their first team with his whinging and he's hardly helping himself with the team or fans here.

Whoever his agent or advisor is should take him to one side and let him know about burning bridges and the damage a 'reputation' can do to a player, however talented.

I certainly don't mind him leaving Arsenal, the club have made it abundantly clear they will do whatever it takes to sign him permanently and you have to hope these quotes are part of a strategy to entice Arsenal into parting company with him. What I wouldn't want to see is him benefit from his season on loan here and move elsewhere.

The top clubs won't sign him, certainly not with the guarantees on first team football he keeps asking for. It's unlikely with his own self belief he would want to sign for the package of clubs like Watford and those whose aim is survival, so he would be looking at (at least in the Premiership) the likes of Bolton, Vile, Spurs and it's even doubtful that one half decent season in the Championship would entice them to guarantee a starting place when fit.

This puts us, subject to promotion, in a very strong position. He knows the team, knows the staff and having been such an important and regular part of our side could think he is 'guaranteed' more football by staying with us and not moving onto pastures knew.

Whatever happens, it would be nice to go a few weeks and the only news about the player is positive reviews for his performances and not the usual crap he makes headlines for.

Click here to join in the debate on the club forum.

Date:Tuesday December 12 2006
Time: 4:11PM


I agree with all of that. He is getting on my nerves making these comments almost on a weekly basis. The only bit I thought was a little out of order was putting Spurs and Bolton in the same category. Bolton are clearly much bigger than Spurs.
12/12/2006 16:48:00
I agree with all of that the way, his agent is also his father...
12/12/2006 19:05:00
Unfortunately his agent is his dad, which is no doubt where he gets his attitude, and possible the nod to continue to spout this crap.
13/12/2006 00:27:00
I wanted to think otherwise when I saw those articles, but it's come to a point where it's every other week you see the same thing. His attitude stinks and although I'm a gooner, I'd like to see him or at least read articles where he pays some respect to the manager, team, and staff at Birmingham.
13/12/2006 01:49:00
lol hatespur. Well Big Sam certainly has the larger belly, I'll give you that. Didn't know his agent was daddy, I'm off to slap myself for not knowing that. That doubles then point then that his dad of all people should tell him when to be quiet. Certainly think it's a series of moves to make Arse sell him at a cheaper price to just get rid of him to be honest. Otherwise, unless he really is just that big headed and driven I don't see what he has to gain by this attitude. ducksworth, apart from the comments from Wenger last week about wanting to give Bendtner 12 months from the start and not 6, have their been any reactions amongst the fans/club to his outbursts so far? You've certainly got a great talent on your books, do you think he's worth putting up with though?
13/12/2006 12:03:00
Spoilt brat! He really does need to get a grip!
14/12/2006 14:13:00
he is talented no doubt, and you need arrogance to get to the top, but he doesn't need to get too big for his boots..
26/12/2006 10:05:00
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