Arsenal should terminate Nicklas Bendtner's contract

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Tuesday morning saw the surface of reports that Nicklas Bendtner had been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage.

It was reported by the British press that a window and a door was broken in a late night incident at Bendter's luxury apartment block.

The 25-year-old has released a statement admitting to the reports and saying the issue is now closed.

But the incident is just one of many embarrassing stories that the famously arrogant striker has been involved with during his Arsenal career.

He has been fined for dangerous and drunk driving in both England and Denmark as well as being found naked in a field after being involved in a car crash.

But his brushes with the law aren't the only thing leaving Arsenal fans cringing at the thought of seeing Bendtner in an Arsenal shirt.

Time and time again he has declared his potential to dominate the game but has yet to show anything like the kind of form it would take for him to be considered world-class.

So big is his ego, it evidently impairs him from performing on the pitch. He's failed to score on a domestic level for almost two years - not the form you'd associate with one of the best strikers in the world.

To add further insult, Arsenal have had to read Bendtner's public rants about Arsene Wenger's refusal to allow him to leave before reiterating his intentions to quit the Emirates.

"I want to leave Arsenal. If its in the winter we’ll have to wait and see. First priority is a new challenge – Money is second," he told Danish newspaper Ekstra Bladet. 

Considering Arsenal still pay his wages, the declaration mid-way through a season that he wants to leave can only damage the morale of a squad trying to challenge for trophies.

His latest run with the law should be the final straw for Arsene Wenger, no matter how trivial the incident was.

It is the latest reminder that Bendtner is not serious about rejuvenating his career and that he is not ready to get his head down and start working hard. 

Offering next to nothing on the pitch, he is simply a source of embarrassment for the club.

A series of unfortunate events has seen Bendtner stay at the club far too long and has also seen him play more than his ability should warrant.

Although Arsenal lack the depth to keep him out of the matchday team, they should cut their loses and agree to terminate his contract.

As previously mentioned, he wants to leave north London badly and, if it really isn't about the money, should be grateful for the chance to leave prematurely without compensation for either party.

It would leave Arsenal shorter than ever up front but is it really worth having Bendtner as an option at all? Of course Theo Walcott can play up front and Lukas Podolski is nearing a return, effectively putting Bendtner down to fourth choice in the pecking order.

Bendtner has made a fool of Arsenal too often and, as a parting gift for the player who has taken so much yet offered so little, the club should show indifference for the player's career by releasing him, leaving him without a club and ending his association with top level football.

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