The world of Nicklas Bendtner is a strange and wonderful place. A man whose alcoholic drinks are spiked with alcohol has had some run ins with the authorities in recent times.
There was a speeding fine, he was up in court for allegedly clambering over parked cars with Lee Cattermole (before the charge was dropped), he once crashed his car into a tree on the way to training (probably when chasing a squirrel), and now he’s in trouble with UEFA for wearing advertising laden underpants.
After scoring his second against Portugal yesterday he lifted up his shirt to display the bookie’s logo on his boxers, prompting talk of a UEFA fine. In the tournament regulations, they state, “all kit items worn during the final tournament must be free of any sponsor advertising.”
Of course Nick is no stranger to displaying his jocks to the world when he really shouldn’t, while Paddy Power last night suggested Bendtner’s two goals were brought about not by his footballing ability, but by the lucky pants:
Nevertheless, it’s a timely reminder of the big Dane’s goalscoring ability when Arsenal are trying to move him on this summer. It would appear that the imminent arrival of Olivier Giroud, following that of Lukas Podolski, means Arsene Wenger is remodelling his forward line completely, and both Arsenal and Bendtner know his future lies elsewhere.
Two goals in a high profile tournament will surely prove tempting to some manager, somewhere, and Sunderland’s top scorer last season with a mighty 8 could well find himself with more options than the last close season.
Full disclosure: Paddy Power is an Arseblog and Arseblog News partner and will give you up £50 in a free bet if you sign up with them but will not provide lucky underpants. At least we don’t think so, we’ll ask though.