Bendtner wants Arsenal exit

Published May. 23, 2011 9:30 a.m. ET

Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner has told Arsene Wenger he wants to leave Emirates Stadium this summer, according to his father and agent.

Bendtner has never hidden his frustration at a lack of regular starting opportunities but he always stated he would keep pushing for a place and not make his mind up about what to do next until the summer.

That moment has now arrived after the Gunners ended their Premier League campaign in fourth following a 2-2 draw with Fulham on Sunday.

And Thomas Bendtner claims his son has now informed Arsenal that he would like the club to listen to offers.

"Nicklas is 100 per cent open now to a change of clubs," Thomas Bendtner said in the Daily Mirror.

"He has made his decision and he has told it to Arsenal. Nicklas needs to be playing from the start so, sadly, he must leave.

"He wanted to finish the season first, so no-one could say he didn't fight for a first-team place right until the end."


Bendtner's father insists there will be a number of options to consider, but he has dismissed speculation linking the 23-year-old with a move to Aston Villa.

He said: "There is real interest from both English and German clubs, and Bayern Munich were after him, earlier. It's very exciting.

"But talk about Aston Villa is rubbish. He has not met anyone from there."