Reports have emerged today that Arsene Wenger was so disappointed with Nicklas Bendtner's fitness that he has sent him to train on his own in a Danish bootcamp.
Similarly, after signing for Juventus on loan last season, the club's officials were so shocked by his excessive weight that they told him to cut the fat or go back to north London.
To fall so far out of match fitness over the summer signals a massive lack of commitment from a player, who has famously relied on his own self-indulgence to inspire himself in to action.
There seems to be a belief within the 25-year-old that he is so good that training hard is simply unnecessary. It is for this reason that he will never perform at the highest level and why he will offers Arsenal nothing.
Wenger did well to sign the players he did in the transfer window but, by welcoming Bendtner back in to the squad, he has highlighted his failure to secure adequate additions up front.
Bendtner essential burned his bridges with Arsenal after leaving the club on loan for Sunderland two summers ago.
"I will never go back to Arsenal," he is quoted as saying in The Sun. "If I can have it my way, I will never play for them again.
"I will find a new club - but I will not go back to Arsenal, that's for sure."
Unfortunately for him, Arsenal was as good as it was ever going to get. Thanks to Wenger's socialist wage structure, the £52,000-a-week contract he was given was so far over what he was worth, the clubs that wanted him simply couldn't offer the Dane a financially attractive alternative.
So he faces a season at Arsenal and is likely to be the second choice striker, at least until January. The most optimistic of Arsenal fans are hoping he can redeem himself. Maybe reality has finally hit Bendtner and he is ready to knuckle down and work hard.
This simply won't happen.
Even if Bendtner was to score a few goals and show something like his best form, it is likely his ego will kick in before rekindling his bone idle, playboy style before regressing back to mediocrity.
His attitude goes against what Wenger is trying to achieve in his team - a close knit group of friends who are willing to work hard for each other. Bendtner doesn't seem like the kind to work for anyone but himself.
Should Olivier Giroud succumb to injury, Wenger would be wise to play anyone he can up top before Bendtner. Even if it means Tomas Rosicky or Santi Cazorla, it would still offer a better option than playing the overconfident buffoon.
So, unfortunately for Arsenal, Bendtner is nothing more than a name on a team sheet. He will pick up his wages and make up the numbers in training but there is nothing he can offer on the pitch.
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