Nicklas Bendtner has identified the moment he knew he had to leave Arsenal and admitted it is frustrating to be ineligible for Sunderland's meeting with his parent club next weekend reports skysports.com.
The 23-year-old Danish international joined the Black Cats on a season-long loan deal on transfer deadline day, but has already made it clear that he does not plan to return to north London.
Having become frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities in the Gunners side under Arsene Wenger, Bendtner has made it clear that he sees his future away from the Emirates Stadium.
"I can point to a precise moment I knew I had to leave," Bendtner told The Journal. "It was when I looked at the team sheet before the Carling Cup final and saw that I was not going to start. It was my worst moment in football.
"I was sad, stunned and disappointed beyond measure. I had played all our matches in the competition, scored goals and I was feeling really sharp.
"I felt things would never be good for me again at Arsenal after that."
The Wembley final has been identified as the point that the Gunners' season unravelled, and it's fair to say that the club has had its fair share of difficulties since.
But despite that, Bendtner is still expecting a tough test when Sunderland travel to Arsenal on October 16, a game he will be forced to watch from the sidelines.
"That is frustrating but hopefully the lads will do well," he conlcuded. "It is a tough place.
"We know how Arsenal will play. We will have to try to get something out of the game."