There is an article out today, which says that Newcastle will go after Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner in the summer, but we’d be very surprised if there’s much truth in it.
Nicklas Bendtner – Gunners’ 6’5″ striker
Any striker who is on the fringes of any team, or even top strikers, will all be linked with Newcastle this summer, and we had better just get used to it.
The 23 year-old Danish international, who has been at Arsenal since 2005, has slipped down the pecking order at the Gunners, but is a decent striker with lots of experience.
The report suggests that Newcastle are ready to offer up to £10m for the 6’5″ striker (we didn’t realize he was that tall), essentially to replace Andy Carroll.
Nicklas would certainly be a much better option than Carlton Cole of West Ham, whom Pardew has signed once before, and who was also recently in the news as a potential Newcastle target, which we hope is just not true.
Nicklas would like to play more often than he does at the moment, but his chances do seem limited at the Gunners, so he would probably be willing to move on in the summer, if a decent offer was made for him.
With Dutch international Robin Van Persie fit again, however briefly, and new acquisition Moroccan International Marouane Chamakh looking more than decent, Bendtner will not get too many games with Arsenal, as the London side also usually plays with just one striker up front.
For the record, Nicklas Bendtner has scored 42 times for Arsenal in 141 appearances, and scored 13 goals at Birmingham in 48 games while on loan there in 2006-2007.
This season he has made 20 appearances for Arsenal with 6 goals and 4 assists.