Arsenal want to sell me & I want to leave, says Bendtner

The Denmark international hit out at Arsene Wenger for placing him in the reserves in the summer and admits he was disappointed not to be sold in the transfer window
Nicklas Bendtner has revealed Arsenal still want to sell him and that he is looking to leaving the club.

The 25-year-old has been reintroduced to Arsenal’s first-team this season after Arsene Wenger blocked the forward's move away in the summer transfer window.

The Denmark international, who has only secured a starting place in Arsenal’s two Capital One Cup matches this term, insists the criticism directed at him via Twitter is unfair as it was the club who decided to keep him in north London.

"I will not be upset by that sort of thing,” Bendtner told Berlingske.

“That is how it is to be a football player. But I need to keep me strong, I begin to listen or even believe in them, I can quickly force myself into a black hole.

"Right now I'm the easy prey to them because I want to get away from the club, and Arsenal do not want to keep me. And these haters - they always choose the easy option. Basically, it is unfair to pig me when I had my club transfer in place in the summer and Wenger told me to be.”

Bendtner also hit out at Wenger’s decision to place him in the reserves this summer before promoting him to the first-team squad after his transfer failed to materialise.

"When I had been at the club since I was 16, I found it totally ridiculous that they had placed me in the reserves and let me train by myself,” said Bendtner.

“Suddenly everything was back to normal: I trained with the first team, I hung out with the first team, I had a dietician again. From being completely out to be completely with it again.

“I had it all in place, there were three clubs who were just waiting for me to say yes to one of them.

"It was not the mindset I had [to stay at Arsenal]. I was incredibly disappointed when he [Wenger] called because I was ready to move on. And I actually did not think that they wanted to keep me."