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Unwanted Bendtner must lower demands

Unwanted striker Nicklas Bendtner must lower his ambitions if he is to secure a move away from Arsenal, writes TEAMtalk guest Joe Dempsey.

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Nicklas Bendtner: Wage demands putting off a number of suitors

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It looked like Arsenal had finally managed to offload Bendtner when Eintracht Frankfurt offered to sign the Danish striker. However the deal never went through after the Bundesliga club revealed that his wage demands were unreasonable.

The collapse of the move is the latest in a long list of loans/protracted transfers that have failed to materialise into permanent transfers - and I'm beginning to fear that Arsenal will never get rid of the unpopular Dane.

With a year left on his contract, Arsenal will allow him to move for free next summer anyway, but to get his salary of the wage bill now and get a transfer fee for him, would be something of a coup for the Gunners.

Part of Bendtner's problem surely lies in the attitude of the player himself.

Self-belief is an important feature of any confident striker's make-up - but Bendtner seems to have it in spades and he has a famously high opinion of himself.

French sports psychologist Jacques Crevoisier, who has worked with players like Thierry Henry and Nicolas Anelka, said that on a 'self-perceived competence' test, Bendtner scored higher than any player he had ever seen. On a scale of 1-9, he scored a 10!

In the 2011 interview, published by Swedish magazine Offside, Crevoisier explained: "When Bendtner misses a chance, he is always genuinely convinced that it wasn't his fault. You might say that's a problem, and to a certain degree it can be.

"But you can also view it as this guy has an remarkably ability to come back after setbacks."

You would think after last season's unsuccessful loan spell at Juventus, where he scored no goals in 10 appearances, he would finally realise he's not as good as he thinks he is. On the other hand, when Juventus told him he was overweight and unfit, he blamed this on Arsenal's training regime.

The season before Bendtner had a loan spell at Sunderland where he performed reasonably well. Their then-manager Martin O'Neill decided Bendtner wasn't worth signing full-time due to, surprise surprise, his wage demands.

But it's not just his wage demands that need bringing down a peg or two - I think his ego could do with a reality check too!

Even for the Danish national team, the one place where he actually was the star striker, he has been dropped. He was caught drink driving and on March 2013 the Danish FA suspended him from consideration for six months.

Bendtner currently won't leave Arsenal because he's demanding Champions League wages when only non-Champions League teams are interested. He won't play at Arsenal because Arsene Wenger considers him a lost cause and Bendtner has spent his last two seasons on loan insulting the club for not recognising his talent. And now he also won't play for his national team.

Look, Nicklas, buddy. You're a decent footballer. But you're not the £60,000 per week player you believe you are. If you insist on a wage nobody is willing to pay, you'll be stuck at Arsenal for another year where you will never get any first-team football. Wenger is more likely to play up front himself than play you at this stage!

My advice: Take a wage cut and move to a much smaller club. Perhaps help a Championship team win promotion, or even move back to Denmark. That way you will be treated like the hero you believe you are, rather than the punchline to a joke that you are now. Just please get out of Arsenal.

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