Nicklas Bendtner has hinted that he could end up staying at Arsenal as speculation circles that Arsene Wenger could allow Marouane Chamakh to leave the Emirates on loan.
The Danish striker announced at the beginning of the summer that he would be allowed to leave by Arsene Wenger if a suitable bid was forthcoming. However, despite there being plenty of interest the player admits that with three years left on his contract the club were within their rights to retain his services.
Speaking to homeland publication Sporten.dk, the 23-year-old striker revealed:
“I cannot do so much, so I take it quietly. It is out of my hands. It’s up to Arsenal. I have three years left on my contract. They do what they do and I do as I do.
“I’m not saying that they [Arsenal] charge too much for me, but that it is out of my hands. I do everything I can and cannot do more, so you can judge for yourself where the problem lies.
“I cannot with 100 per cent certainty say that I’m done at Arsenal.
“There has been a lot of concrete interest. A lot. But I focus on my football and doing the best I can. You can only focus on what you are good at. I hope something happens before the transfer window closes.”
Earlier in the day reports in Denmark hinted that Bendtner would seal a move before tomorrow’s 11pm transfer deadline, after his father had claimed that today [Tuesday] would be a ‘good day.’
However, playing down his father’s optimism, the attacker revealed:
“My father always says that every day is good. If you call him again, I’m sure he’ll also say that Wednesday and Thursday will be good days too.”
German side Borussia Dortmund, Portuguese side Sporting Lisbon, French side PSG and Premier League rivals Everton and Stoke City have all been linked with the Arsenal Academy graduate this summer.
Meanwhile, Bordeaux’s president has spoken publicly on rumours linking Marouane Chamakh with a loan return to the Stade Chaban-Delmas. While open to the striker returning just 12 months after leaving for Gunners on a free, Jean-Louis Triaud hinted to regional paper Sud Ouest that given the failure of cash-rich Paris Saint Germain to lure the player from Arsenal he sensed such a scenario was unlikely.
“If Chamakh wants to come on loan, I’ll take him right now,” said the Bordeaux big-wig who last summer was frustrated at losing his former star man on a free.
“I was a little angry with the player but not the man. But I think he wants to stay in England. When PSG showed interest, he immediately made his position [to stay at Arsenal] known. “