Nicklas Bendtner has threatened to quit Arsenal unless he gets more first team opportunities – and the news has put Serie A outfit Juventus on alert. The 22-year-old’s comments, which were made to a Danish newspaper, are thought to have taken manager Arsene Wenger aback, not least considering that the striker has only recently returned from a long-term injury and has failed to communicate his frustrations in person.
According to The Telegraph, Bendtner said: “If the situation doesn’t change and I’m still on the bench at Arsenal, I’ll look for a transfer. That’s obvious. But my first priority is definitely – as it has always been – to play for Arsenal. I’ve had a lot of patience and I won’t sit on the bench anymore.” He also added that he was “100% good enough” to feature regularly in the Gunners’ starting line-up.
Gunners seek Sakho.
Reports in France are claiming that Arsenal are once again monitoring the form and situation of Paris Saint-Germain centre-back Mamadou Sakho.
The Ligue 1 side have acknowledged the presence of Arsenal scouts in regular attendance at the Parc des Princes, and boss Arsene Wenger could be lining up a move in January.
It is thought that Sakho would be a “more affordable defensive reinforcement” than Bolton’s Gary Cahill, who is rated at £15m according to Inside Futbol. However, PSG rate their defender highly and are working on offering the player a new contract in an effort to curb the Gunners’ interest.
Nasri blasts Gallas.
Samir Nasri has reignited the flames of his bitter feud with former Arsenal (and current France) team-mate William Gallas. The defender, who joined Spurs in the summer, wrote in his autobiography that the pair clashed, and that Nasri stole another former Arsenal star’s – Thierry Henry’s – seat on the Euro 2008 France team coach. Nasri has retorted that he blames the former Gunners captain for the dissent which infected the France camp at the World Cup this summer.
According to Mirror Football, Nasri said: “Somebody [Gallas] wrote in his book that I’d had a row with him, and said that I nicked someone else’s [Henry] seat on the bus. That is absolute rubbish. People called me a little sod after Euro 2008. But they have come to see the people I had problems with at the time went on to screw things up in South Africa.”