Ask Nicklas Bendtner whether there was a time that he only wanted to be known as a former Gunner and he will not lie to you.
The Dane has remained on Arsenal’s books despite spending nearly two years away on loan spells at Sunderland and then Juventus last season.
Following a couple of collapsed transfer deals which could have seen Bendtner’s exit and the arrival of a new striker, the Gunners chose to stick with the Copenhagen-born man as he made his return to action in last Wednesday’s League Cup triumph over West Bromwich Albion.
But Bendtner, who is now yearning to give his all in Arsenal colours, has admitted that everything could have easily gone the other way had his wish for a departure been fulfilled.
“In the whole transfer window situation, no one denied the fact that I was trying to leave. The boss also said they (the club) were happy to let me go. Then a lot of things happened, a lot things turned upside down and in football you can never say ‘never’, so I ended up being here” Bendtner said.
At only 25 years of age, the Danish international still has a lot to offer in football, and Bedntner, who has netted 45 goals for the club to date, has not given up on succeeding at Arsenal.
“My job is to do the best of the club and even though I wanted to leave, I still have a lot of feelings for the club so it was not a difficult thing for me to come back.” he added
“I didn’t expect to play 120 minutes (against West Brom) after being out for a while. I am very pleased with that and I am going to crack on now, keep working hard, get back to full fitness and help the club achieve what it wants.”