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Arsenal star 'has to' leave the club

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Denmark manager Morten Olsen has expressed his belief that Nicklas Bendtner has to leave Arsenal in pursuit of regular football.

26-year-old Bendtner has been with the Gunners since 2004 and has made over 100 appearances for the club, yet doubts have persisted over his long-term future with the player himself seemingly resigned to leaving for pastures new upon the expiration of his contract this summer.

A departure from Arsenal is something that Olsen would appear to agree with, although it is clearly not ideal for him to have to move away from a club of such stature.

"I don't want him to go away from Arsenal, him playing there is fantastic, but he has to," the 64-year-old was quoted by The Daily Mirror.

"But now he's in his middle-20s and he needs regular football now.We saw in the European Championship in 2012 when he is physically ready he is a very good player, but he has to play.I think if he plays at the right place, and he's physically 100 per cent he can play in many places.

He added: "Now he is coming to Arsenal when he was 16, but he has to decide that maybe with eight years to go.When he's 35 I hope he will be able to sit and say the last eight years were the best of my football life.That [confidence] has not always helped him, but I think it's a learning process, somebody takes a year more or two than others."

Arsenal striker Bendtner, who has been farmed out on loan to the likes of Birmingham, Sunderland and, more bizarrely, Juventus during his near-decade under Arsene Wenger, will have a chance to prove his worth to English football this week as he is likely to lead the line for Denmark in their friendly against the Three Lions at Wembley on Wednesday evening.

Bendtner, who has made just nine Premier League appearances for Arsenal so far this season, boasts quite an impressive scoring record for his country with 24 goals in 56 senior caps.

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