Arsenal striker told to seek January exit

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Nicklas Bendtner's future at Arsenal appears to have been thrown into further doubt, with Denmark coach Morten Olsen having stated his belief that the striker should move on this winter.

25-year-old Bendtner joined the Gunners during the summer of 2004 and appeared to have a bright future ahead at the Emirates Stadium after impressing in the Championship during a loan spell with Birmingham City back in 2007.

However, the Dane has repeatedly struggled to prove himself in North London in recent seasons and has proved disappointingly ineffective during subsequent loan stints with Sunderland and Juventus.

His utter lack of impact led to Arsenal fans believing that Bendtner would exit the club during the summer. He ultimately remained, though, as Arsene Wenger required cover for in-form Frenchman Olivier Giroud.

However, despite having remained at the club against the odds, Bendtner is still widely expected to leave Arsenal at the earliest opportunity.

In fact, has been positively encouraged to do so by Olsen, who is evidently keen to ensure that the forward is able to secure regular first-team football.

"Bendtner scored two great goals for us in the game against Italy, but there were also things he lacked in the match and this only comes through playing games", the 64-year-old was quoted by Sky Sports.

"It is for this reason that he should find something new this winter, and so, we know that well. I think he will make the recommendation to himself and that is the main thing. Footballers want to play football.

"He has maybe 10 years left to go; he must use them well," he added.

Despite his marginal role with the Gunners, Bendtner - who failed to make any sort of positive impression after featuring against Manchester United as a substitute during Arsenal's 1-0 defeat to Manchester United on Sunday - remains a key figure for his country and will hope to start in Denmark's friendly clash against Norway on Friday evening.

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