Bendtner: I never called myself the best in the world

The Arsenal striker insists he has been misunderstood in the past, but has become a different person following loan spells away from the club and changes in his personal life
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner believes he has been misunderstood in the past but has undergone a personal transformation recently.

The 25-year-old was sent on loan to Sunderland and Juventus during the last two seasons, before returning to Arsene Wenger's side during the summer without much fanfare.

Bendtner feels some of his past comments have been misconstrued, particularly one in 2010 in which he suggested he was the best player in the world, but he is now keen to prove his doubters wrong.

"I don't like that I keep getting put up on comments I've made which have been wrongly said - that I still to this day have to see it and listen to it," he told the club's official website.

"If people don't like me, that's fair enough. If people can't accept that sometimes you're young and make mistakes and move on, that's not up to me. I try to do my best and that's basically all I can do.

"I think every football player wants to achieve the [most] within what he can do. That’s what makes you. If you have a dream and try to do everything you can to be the best that you can, that's you trying to make the best out of your job or what you do.

"I basically said that I think that anybody who plays football in the world would love to be the best. I think that's a normal statement and that got [changed] to me saying that I was the best player in the world.

"I don't know where that came from. I still listen to it now and again and still see it. If people want to believe that, then that's that."

Bendtner went on to remark that changes in his personal life and experiences while on loan in Italy have helped him grow as a person.

"First of all I had a baby, which changed me a lot," he added. "I think a lot of people say that you have babies and they change you but for me I could really feel a big difference to my life.

"Being abroad showed me a lot of different things and different aspects of how to live and how to cope with problems and things like that. I think that has given me a lot more as a man."