Nicklas Bendtner bemoans psychopath reputation

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Arsenal's want-away striker Nicklas Bendtner believes he has been unfairly portrayed as a "psychopath" by the media - and it is hurting his chances of finding a new club.

The Denmark international is ready to leave the Emirates Stadium this summer in search of first-team football.

And he thinks a certain perception of how he conducts himself as been allowed to ferment, ultimately depriving him of opportunities elsewhere.

"I have, for example, talked to clubs who say they have heard this or that story about me," Bendtner told Danish paper Jyllands-Posten.

"So I have to tell them that it is not true. Of all the things that I have been associated with I have only done one thing wrong and that was in Copenhagen [drink-driving arrest].

"Regardless of this I have, bit by bit, in people's eyes been made into a psychopath."

Famously sure of his own ability, Bendtner is still targeting a club that will compete for a Champions League place.

"I would much rather take a club that is close to the Champions League, as a number five-eight in its league, where I know that I play."

A lack of playing time was a crucial factor in his decision to end a ten-year association with the Gunners.

Having joined as a youngster in 2004, Bendtner broke into the first-team after a loan spell at Birmingham City in 2007 and has gone on to make over 100 league appearances for Arsenal.

But he never really convinced Arsene Wenger he could be a number one option for the Gunners, and after the 2010-11 season, the Arsenal boss told Bendtner he could look for another club.

Loan spells at Sunderland and Juventus followed before he tried his luck at the Emirates Stadium one last time this season.

But he's failed to make an impression on the first-team, and is resolved to moving on this summer.

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