Ex-Arsenal striker, Nicklas Bendtner, has revealed that Arsene Wenger blocked a potential permanent transfer to Serie A champions Juventus after he spent a season there on loan.
Now at German side Wolfsburg, Bendtner has accused his former manager of wasting a whole year of his career by forcing him to stay at the Emirates Stadium, and telling him that he is needed at the club.
Time at Arsenal
Bendtner, who had been at Arsenal since his youth days, coming through their academy, spent the past few seasons out on loan away from North London, with one season at Sunderland, and the next at Juve, but after returning to Arsenal, the Dane was told to stay at the club, despite making it clear he wanted to leave.
The striker was all-but banished from the club due to his comments regarding his desire to quit and resurrect his career elsewhere, but due to Wenger not signing a striker, Bendtner was forced to stay on at the club as a back-up option to Olivier Giroud.
It was planned that Bendtner would leave Arsenal last Summer, and according to the striker himself, a move to Juventus was on the cards after he spent a season on loan there, but the deal broke down at the last minute due to Wenger refusing to sell.
Juventus permanent deal
In a recent interview, Bendnter revealed that a move to Juve was on the cards and about to be formalised, before Wenger stepped in and prevented it from going through.
He told BT: "I played regularly for Juventus until I got injured. At Arsenal I barely played. My last year was wasted there.
"I was loaned to Juve. It went well there. I played regularly, and I was fit. Then I got injured, had to miss the next six months.
"We were champions, I wanted to stay. But Arsenal took me back. I wasted a year there. That annoys me the most."
A year on, the 26-year-old was released by Arsenal and eventually joined German side Wolfsburg.
During the season at the Emirates, Bendtner netted twice, but he has admitted that despite missing England, he is happy to be at a new club.
"Wolfsburg is obviously different. But it’s not bad here. And if I want a larger city, one is by train in an hour in Berlin. There I have many friends.
"I miss my son. If I have a day off, I will always try to travel to London to spend time with him. London is my city, I lived there since I was 16. Of course, I also miss my friends. But the VfL ??is my new beginning. The important thing now is football. Life comes afterwards."