Written by CarlitoII
Nik – “Supernik” to some – Bendtner has caused a ripple in the Arsenal news pond recently by being an outspoken advocate of his own abilities. So what’s new? The man’s ambition is loftier than Peter Crouch’s adams apple and his head seems to swell up on a regular basis as if his brain suffers from an allergic reaction to reporters .
The stir seems to be caused mainly by the fact that, after claiming he would leave the club if not given more first team opportunities, he didn’t make the bench against Everton. Let’s start by analysing what the man actually said.
“I’m extremely disappointed with the lack of minutes on the field.”
Well, Nik. You were injured for the start of the season and Chamakh did a great job leading the line so you’ll have to wait your turn.
“I feel I’ve done everything right in getting back to fitness and I’m in the best shape of my life.”
Then you’ll prove it when you come on as a sub. Play well enough and you’ll be undroppable.
“I feel better than before the injury and at that point I was in the starting XI and close to fulfilling my potential.”
Wenger says that all players say this but his data tells him you need to be eased back in. Any fan can see you still have to work on your first touch!
“When I’m 100 per cent fit, I can’t accept sitting on the bench.”
Right, go on… *handing out just enough rope to hang yourself with*
“I’m 100 per cent good enough for the starting XI in Arsenal. I have the qualities and I’ve been sitting enough on the bench in my career.”
Glad you’re so full of self belief, it’s important in a striker…
“If my manager feels differently that’s fair, and he’s the one choosing the team, but then I disagree.”
Ah Nik, the rashness of youth! You disgree with the best manager Arsenal have ever had? Well ok then, um, we really missed you at Everton…
Whatever happened to letting your performances do the talking? If you’re good enough, you’ll play. Any casual observer can see that, in the main, Chamakh has a better first touch and holds the ball up better than any centre forward since Thierry.. My personal belief is that Nik feels threatened by this, and he is probably right to do so. My question to you all is: would we really miss him if he went?
I love the directness that he can bring when he comes off the bench. I love his “never give in” mentality that brought us memorable last minute goals last season. I’m also superstitious, in that I believe we need a good Scandinavian player to bring home a trophy (Limpar, Jensen, Freddy…) – ok it’s my own superstition that one, but one I cling on to! But he’s not the new TH14 is he, and until he becomes the finished article, it would behove him to keep his head down!
Post Script- I wrote this article before the Totnum game and “SuperNik” has since had his chance at Braga. I missed the game sulking but I gather there may be a few words to be said about his performance- I’ll leave that to you!