Following yesterday’s reports that Nicklas Bendtner could be heading for Lazio, Imscouting.com claims that an official approach to loan the Danish striker has been rejected by Arsenal.
The Italians had hoped to take the 22-year-old on loan with a view to completing a £9m permanent move in the summer, but Arsene Wenger has made it clear that none of his squad is for sale, particularly as Arsenal are the only remaining English club still challenging for four trophies.
Bendtner expressed his frustration at the Emirates a fortnight ago, declaring he would leave if playing opportunities did not present themselves, but it appears that for now he will remain and fight for his place after falling behind summer signing Marouane Chamakh in Wenger’s order of preference.
Wilshere responds to Balotelli.
Jack Wilshere has avoided a potential spat with Man City’s Mario Balotelli after being voted as runner-up behind the Italian in Tuttosport’s “Golden Boy” award, according to Sky Sports.
Balotelli won the gong, voted for by sports journalists across Europe, and promptly announced that he didn’t know who Jack Wilshere was, saying that he would “remind him that I won the award” when City play Arsenal.
Wilshere, however, took the opportunity to praise the City striker, writing on Twitter: “And would like to congratulate Mario [sic] Ballotelli on winning it, even if he dont no who i am! He is a top player!”
No Wellington work permit.
It appears that Arsenal will be forced to loan out 17-year-old Wellington Silva, after the Brazilian was denied a work permit on the grounds of being neither a regular international or a player of exceptional talent.
Arsene Wenger had hoped to fast-track the teenager into the Gunners’ first team when he joined up with the squad next month, but it appears that they must now loan out the player for up to two years.