Bendtner Reiterates Desire to Leave Arsenal
Nicklas Bendtner’s desire to leave Arsenal FC for pastures new has popped up again.
The 25-year-old Dane, who is behind Olivier Giroud in the pecking order at the Emirates Stadium, rarely gets any meaningful minutes under Arsene Wenger these days. It’s widely known that the Gunners are in the market for a new striker, and if successful in recruiting one, it would further limit Bendtner’s playing time, which is why he has decided that leaving is the best option.
Speaking to reporters in his native country, the troubled centre-forward said: “I want to get away from Arsenal. Whether it is in the winter, we must wait and see. I will make my decision depending on where the greatest sporting challenge lies. Finances, in this context, mean very little to me. I’ve been playing football since I was four years old and back then it was for the love of the sport. It is for the love of the sport that I play today as well.”
Cazorla Eager for a Piece of World Cup Action
Arsenal midfielder Santi Cazorla is hoping to help Spain retain their FIFA World Cup title next year in Brazil.
Spain became the World Champions in 2010 by beating the Netherlands in the final, but an ill-timed injury meant that Cazorla wasn’t a part of that historic triumph. While the grand event in itself will be reason enough to be pumped up, the 28-year-old Gunner says he he personal ambitions to fulfill as well.
In an interview with Arsenal Player, he said: “World Cup 2014 has an extra meaning for me. Unfortunately I couldn’t play in 2010 due to a back injury. Spain ended up lifting the trophy and not being part of that is still at the back of my mind. There’s nothing like playing in the World Cup and representing your country.
“I hope I can experience that and I hope the Spanish national team can bring a bit of happiness to the country. Spain is going through a difficult period (economically) and football is way of escape for many Spaniards. I hope we can bring home the trophy.”
Martinez Extends Owls Loan Stay
Young Arsenal goalkeeper Damian Martinez has extended his loan deal with Sheffield Wednesday and will now remain with the Championship outfit until January 1, 2014.
Martinez, 21, joined the Owls last month for an initial 30-day deal but impressed during his time at Hillsborough as Chris Kirkland’s understudy, which in turn forced manager Dave Jones to seek an extension for him.
“We’re really happy with how Damian has done, he’s a quality keeper and is pushing Chris Kirkland all the way,” Jones said. “You need as much competition as you can at your club and having someone of Damian’s quality here can only benefit everyone involved and we’re thankful to Arsenal for that.”
Monreal Remains Positive about Arsenal Move
Arsenal’s Spanish left-back Nacho Monreal feels his national team prospects have improved because of his move to the Emirates Stadium.
While the former Malaga man plays second-fiddle to Kieran Gibbs in North London, he still believes his decision to swap La Liga for the Barclays Premier League have improved his chances of becoming a regular in the Spanish national team.
In an interview published in Marca, Monreal said: “I think so yes. I was at Malaga for 18 months and I grew a lot as a player. The move to the Premier League is a jump in quality and a jump forward. I think being part of a team like Arsenal helps.”
When asked how badly he wants to go to World Cup with Spain, he added: “I’d like that. I’m aware that it’s not going to be easy, also partly because I’m not getting as many minutes as I would like with Arsenal. I’m going to continue fighting and working hard because I really want to be at the World Cup.”