After the much-maligned Bendtner scored two late goals for current club Wolfsburg in Thursday night’s 5-1 Europa League win over Krasnodar, Lineker tweeted: “Nicklas Bendtner has just scored two goals in the last minute for Wolfsburg. This is not a joke, this is NOT a joke!”
But Lineker got a taste of his own medicine when Bendtner tweeted back: “great Tweet mate! well done, I repeat, well done.”
Lineker then attempted to have the final word, putting an end to the Twitter exchange, by replying: “And well done to you too.”
But by then the damage had already been done. Bendtner, who was often criticised for his performances during his nine-year spell with the Gunners, was clearly not impressed with the former England international’s snarky comment.
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Bendtner scores first Wolfsburg goals
Bendtner’s brace was his first two goals for Wolfsburg since his free transfer to the Bundesliga club in the summer. The Denmark international has failed to score in his six league appearances so far, but will hope his two goals on Thursday night will kick-start his career at the Volkswagen Arena.
Now 26, the once highly-rated Bendtner has struggled to score goals on a regular basis at any of his club sides. He failed to net a single goal during his loan spell with Juventus in the 2012-13 campaign and was released by Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger following another disappointing campaign with the Gunners last term.
But despite his lack of goals at club level, Bendtner boasts an impressive goals-to-game ratio with Denmark, for whom he has scored 24 goals in 62 appearances.
Bendtner can take heart from Gervinho
His eye-catching international record is one of the reasons why Wolfsburg, who currently sit second in the Bundesliga table, were prepared to take a gamble on the striker.
Bendtner remains a figure of fun amongst many England-based football fans, but he can take heart from the resurgence of former teammate Gervinho, who was also much-maligned during his time at the Emirates Stadium.
Since leaving north London for AS Roma, however, the Ivory Coast international has re-established his reputation as one of Europe’s most effective wingers with a string of fine performances over the past 18 months.