Nicklas Bendtner says Arsenal career was a waste of time

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Nicklas Bendtner has launched a stunning attack on former club Arsenal insisting his final season at the club was a waste of his time.

The controversial character finally cut ties with the Gunners on a permanent basis after Arsene Wenger declined to extend his contract. But his inevitable departure from north London was delayed somewhat after a transfer to Crystal Palace was cancelled at the 11th hour on transfer deadline day in 2013.

Bendtner was needed to fill a space in Arsenal's squad but that space was very much on the bench. He made just one start in the Premier League and never looked like reviving a stuttering career at the Emirates.

"It was worthless that Arsenal did not allow me to leave."

Wasted time

Having joined Wolfsburg on a free transfer, Bendtner has had no hesitation in cutting into his former employers. The 26-year-old was angered by Wenger's refusal to let him leave after he returned from an unsuccessful loan spell at Juventus.

"It was a terrible situation. My last year at Arsenal was a waste of time," Bendtner was quoted as saying by Tipsbladet.

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"It was worthless that Arsenal did not allow me to leave.

"A club like Arsenal could easily have found someone else to play my role.

"They would have had no trouble finding a player who could do what they wanted me to do."

Wolfsburg reprieve

Having finally left, it took Bendtner several months before he found a club willing to put up with his inability to keep out of the newspapers for the wrong reasons. Wolfsburg handed the Denmark international a three-year deal but he has not got off to the best starts in the Bundesliga.

Bendtner is yet to score his first league goal for his new club in seven appearances although he bagged an impressive brace in their Europa League win against minnows Krasnodar last week.

Best striker in the world

Having joined Arsenal as a 16-year-old from FC Copenhagen he went on to score 47 goals in 171 appearances. He had been tipped to become an established star, but it quickly became clear that he was more interested in harnessing his reputation off the pitch.

This included incredible claims that he was one of the best strikers in the world. 

Speaking to The Mail in 2010, he infamously said: "If you ask me if I am one of the best strikers in the world, I say yes because I believe it. When I see that other strikers score a lot of goals, I realise I need to score those goals."

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