Former Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner has looked back on a heated exchange he had with Arsene Wenger while he was trying to leave the club.
The Danish striker, who now plays back in his homeland for Tarny FF, had an up-and-down spell with the Gunners, gradually falling down the pecking order over the years.
After making loan moves to Sunderland and Juventus he was desperate to move on on a permanent basis in 2013, and was close to joining Crystal Palace on deadline day before a deal collapsed at the last minute.
And speaking to Arsenal’s In Lockdown podcast Bendtner said he was left frustrated at having to stay against his will.
“I was very happy going to Palace,” Bendtner said. “We were sat four days before the transfer window closed and I had agreed the move and everything, I was just waiting to see if Arsenal could bring in another striker.
“But unfortunately they couldn’t and I had to go back the next day. (Arsene and I) had a heated discussion on the phone due to me not wanting to come back and wanting to sign for Palace, but he couldn’t let me go because he was thinking of the club and team, so he was right and I was right in brackets, if you know what I mean.”
Despite their fallout, Bendtner says he still had big admiration for Wenger, and thinks the Frenchman always had the club’s interests at heart with every decision he made.
He added: “Obviously it was very difficult not being part of the matchday and just waiting to move, but I have huge respect for Arsene and I think he was an amazing manager and what he did for the club, a club that I’ve always loved, was phenomenal. The way he was thinking, I can look back now and say he never did anything for himself.
“He always did everything he could for for the club with his mind and what is best for the club, and that’s very admirable.
“He wasn’t afraid of taking big decisions in the greater good and I think that’s one of the top traits as a top manager. Even though we had a disagreement, I have tremendous respect for him and what he’s done.”
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