Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has revealed that he was surprised by Nicklas Bendtner switch to Championship side Nottingham Forest.
The 28-year-old signed a two-year deal at the City Ground after he was released from his contract by Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg this summer and will be line for his first started against the Gunners in today’s EFL Cup.
“It was a surprise to me that Nicklas signed for Nottingham Forest, but at some stage Nicklas needs to restart his career,” Wenger said.
“Of course he has a point to prove – he’s playing at a level where he is not used to. But he did start his career at this level at Birmingham City with Steve Bruce, where he did very well. Nicklas is focused enough to show he can fight again.
“You have to adapt and we are in a job when we have to show we are able to put our effort in everywhere and compete. Sometimes when you are a player of his quality, you just need an opportunity. We know his qualities and he is a top quality player, but he needs to play.
“The perceptions people have of him is that he is over confident but I don’t think so. He was sometimes impatient when he was with us. He was disappointed not to get the chance and you can understand that.
“I am not here to judge people. Sometimes you manage to get it and sometimes we do not find the key. Then you have to leave the key to someone else who has the potential to find it. Nicklas could explain much better than I can about his career.”
Bendtner spent almost ten years with Arsenal, making 171 appearances.