Forgive me for being glad the season is over but every game was like pouring salt into a weeping flesh wound. It wasn’t getting any better and we are a damn sight fortunate it didn’t get any worse. The indications I got a few weeks ago that the summer will be a lively one seem to be correct, and today the Finnish FA have pretty much confirmed that we have all but completed the signing of Charlton full-back Carl Jenkinson.
And so everything is starting to kick off. Yesterday we had the comments from the father of Nicklas Bendtner claiming that he is ’100% open’ to a move away from Arsenal which is very understandable considering Wenger’s mismanagement of the player, following him seem to be Denilson and Mark Randall who are seeking regular football. It is pretty fair to say that these players can expect a quite considerable drop in the standard of club they they will end up joining though interest in Nicklas Bendtner is substantial – I hear there are at least three clubs monitoring his situation closely, two of those being German clubs.
Ever since November/December I have heard that he is intent on leaving the club, and having only been given three Premier League starts this season it is easy to understand why. He is not a wide player, he is a striker, and believe it or not he has qualities we need in our squad. Hopefully we get a sizable fee for him but his wages may mean a smaller fee is needed – much like with the Eduardo sale last summer.
Arsenal have been listening to offers for Bendtner since last year, though were reluctant to weaken the squad in January due to competing on four fronts. A loan request was turned down and a sizable bid was rejected at the end of January. Bendtner made some comments to the press last November and from there-on in his relationship was apparently never the same with the boss. Maybe it was the straw that broke the camels back.
The sun is out, the summer is here, now let’s spend some of that cash Arsene.