Nicklas Bendtner: I've always had a healthy humility

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Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner insists he's not been phased by recent career struggles, and although he's yet to get off the mark at Wolfsburg remains confident he'll hit the goalscoring trail soon.

In an interview with Danish newspaper BT ahead of his country's Euro 2016 qualifier against Portugal, the 26-year-old spoke positively about his hopes and aspirations for the future after taking up a new challenge in the Bundesliga.

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Colourful character

Bendtner proved to be an unpopular figure among Arsenal supporters as his cocksure attitude frequently failed to match his contribution on the pitch, and Arsene Wenger eventually gave up on the player, resulting in a free transfer departure from the Emirates Stadium in the summer.

The Denmark international spent a large portion of his Gunners career away from north London, taking in a loan spell in Italy with Juventus as well as a period on Wearside with Sunderland.

Both stints were character building for various reasons and have helped shape Bendtner into the modest and unassuming person he is today, arguing that his personality is in fact vastly different to the public perception in England.

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"I think I've always had a healthy humility," he explained. "It may well be that I have not always shown it, but I think it's always been fine.

"The situation in Juventus was that I played 10 matches and got injured, and I didn't play again that season. Then I went back to Arsenal, but managed to score two goals in a few appearances.

"Then I didn't play in the last six months, and now I have started at a new club where you naturally have to get used to it all. For me it is normal to need some time.

"When I was at Sunderland I was top scorer, had played fine with the national team and had played a great club season and had many great clubs to choose from.


"I chose Juventus, where the injury of course happened, and so there was all this b******* at Arsenal, as they would neither sell me nor let me play.

"I could not do anything about, so it's a different situation, and I think I have developed both as a player and person in all that time."

With just 47 goals in 171 senior appearances during his ill-fated spell at Arsenal, it's clear that Bendtner still has everything to prove to his new set of supporters in Germany.

His last competitive goal came in the Premier League on January 1 when the Gunners ran out 2-0 winners against Cardiff City, but the self-assured marksman is keeping faith in his own ability to rediscover his best form at the Volkswagen Arena.

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