Nicklas Bendtner broke a Guinness World Record when he scored v Tottenham in 2007

In the history of Arsenal, few players have commanded a cult status like Nicklas Bendtner.

The Danish striker was hardly the most talented of footballers, but the way in which he conducted himself and believed in his own ability was almost endearing.

To be fair, he did chip in with a few goals in his younger days, most notably a Champions League hat trick versus FC Porto at the Emirates.

Ever since he left Arsenal back in 2014, he hasn’t exactly stuck with one club, turning out for Wolfsburg, Nottingham Forest and Danish side Rosenborg.

That was just when he left on a permanent basis, with loan spells at Birmingham, Sunderland and Juventus squeezed into his nine-year career with the Gunners.

His spell with Birmingham in the 2006/07 season was fairly decent, notching 11 goals in 42 games and his finest moment in an Arsenal shirt came shortly after.


At the start of the 2007/08 season, Arsene Wenger’s side were flying, while Tottenham were really struggling.

However, the Lilywhites provided a stern test at the Emirates, with the game looking like it was heading towards a draw in the second half.

Enter, Lord Bendtner.

The Dane came off the bench to score a bullet header from a corner and in doing so, set a Guinness World Record with the fastest goal ever scored by a substitute, timed at 1.8 seconds.


Not a bad header either.

Sadly, that season, Arsenal completely capitulated when chasing their first Premier League title since 2003/04, winning just one of their last seven matches to finish five points behind Manchester United.


Despite the fact that he’s not exactly the greatest player anymore, Bendtner is still a regular in Denmark’s squad and should feature at the World Cup.

He actually scored a penalty vs the Republic of Ireland on Tuesday and before that match, he had a bit of a rant at the Irish defensive display in Copenhagen.

He said: “I would like to play a match where you have exciting football but you also have to accept sometimes you see a match different ways.

“And you also have to give credit to the Irish team the way they performed their strategy.

“Defensively for them it was really good. Offensively it wasn’t that strong.

“You saw the fireworks and everything – then the game came and was a little bit flat.

“It wasn’t a f***ing… sorry, it wasn’t an exciting match.”

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