Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has signed for Nottingham Forest on a two-year deal and could face the Gunners when they travel to the City Ground in the third round of the EFL Cup.
The Dane has been on the lookout for a new club ever since Bundesliga side Wolfsburg terminated his contract in April following repeated breaches of their code of conduct.
Against the backdrop of his stuttering career Bendtner has fallen out of nightclubs, been fined by UEFA for sporting dodgy sponsored pants, married a Baroness, written off cars, been banned from driving, hung out with Lee Cattermole, been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage, frotted a taxi, posed for a plethora of stupid photos and indulged in all manner of other silliness.
It would be funny had it not come at the expense of Nicklas’ own lofty ambitions. In 2009, aged 21, he said he’d better the career of Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
“In about three years, I will be better than Zlatan,” he told reporters before a crunch showdown between Denmark and Sweden.
“He is older than me and has now reached his peak as the top scorer in Serie A – but I have a plan, I believe in it and I am ready.”
Nottingham Forest will be Nicklas’ fourth English club; during his ten years at Arsenal he spent time with Birmingham City and Sunderland on loan. There was also an injury-hit season with Juventus.
We share the sentiments of the Arsenal social media team, who tweeted:
— Arsenal FC (@Arsenal) September 7, 2016
Elsewhere, Crystal Palace manager Alan Pardew has confirmed he’s tempted to sign free agent Mathieu Flamini.
The Frenchman played 24 times for the Gunners last season and turned a few heads when he single-handedly beat Sp*rs at White Hart Lane with a dashing brace in the League Cup.
“Mathieu is a player I am looking at, yes,” Pardew told local media. “He would give us a bit more experience to winning games.
“I like the fact whenever he played, he played in the big, big games at Arsenal when they needed someone to kind of lead the team over the line and get big results.
“His age, 32, in my mind I signed Teddy Sheringham when he was 38, so the age isn’t a problem for me. I think his experience is something I am looking at, yes.”
Comparing Flamini to a total c*nt like Teddy Sheringham in a bid to lure him to South London…a classic Pardew chat up technique. Beware Mathieu.