AC Milan suffered a 2-0 defeat when they went head to head with Atletico Madrid during the 1st leg of the Champions League but that was not the only downside of the match as Mario Balotelli sustained a shoulder injury that will be leaving him out of action for around 10 days.
Mario Balotelli missed out of Ac.Milan’s Serie A match against Sampdoria but the team of Clarence Seedorf still managed to claim a crucial victory. The former Manchester City player is expected to be back in action for his club’s upcoming match against Juventus.
After their crushing victory by Liverpool last weekend, a humbled Arsenal has brought serious changes the squad order. According to the new arrangement, Nicklas Bendtner has been chosen to lead the club’s revenge war against Liverpool.
After being smitten 5-1 by Reds in the Anfield league encounter, Arsenal labored to a drab goal-less draw result against Man U last Wednesday. No wonder, the team is all set for a solid revenge victory against Liverpool which would not just pacify them but would even push them nearer to their 1st silverware in the long nine years.
The 1st match of 2014 for Arsenal saw them claiming a 2-0 victory over Cardiff City but it came with a bittersweet taste as Nicklas Bendtner picked up and ankle injury that has left him unable to play for his team ever since.
The Danish player has been training with his teammates as he is completing the final stages of his recovery. Aaron Ramsey and Mikel Arteta join the list of injuries that Arsene Wenger has to cope with along with Theo Walcott and Olivier Giroud who has been suffering with ankle problems of his own.
“We have just had Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain back, Bendtner back, I hope to have Arteta back next week and Ramsey,” Wenger added. “We also have Yaya Sanogo coming back into the squad next week.”
Nicklas Bendtner, who has largely been on the sidelines at Arsenal in the last few years, provided a telling contribution to the club after scoring the opening goal against Cardiff in the 2-0 win. His goal came in the 88th minute when Arsenal were struggling to find the opening goal.
Dropped points from this match would have given the advantage to the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea, as it is shaping up into a three horse race for the title. After Nicklas Bendtner secured the goal, Theo Walcott added a second for Arsenal to make the game safe for the gunners.
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner, who spent a season on loan at Juventus, has said that he feels his former club will not be able to get anything from their Champions league match against FC Copenhagen.
Danish striker Bendtner is supporting the club from his country despite Copenhagen being rank outsiders to finish in the third place. They been very disappointing so far in their Champions League group, but this is largely because of the opponents like Real Madrid and Galatasaray.
Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner was heavily linked with a move away from the Emirates stadium in the summer. In fact, he has revealed his desire not to play for Arsenal again two years ago and he has spent the past two seasons on loan at Sunderland and Juventus respectively.
He was expected to move away from Arsenal on a permanent basis this summer, but he has stayed at Arsenal due to several reasons. He is on wages of around £ 55,000 per week, and he has been unable to find the suitable buyer because of the £ 3 million transfer fee demanded by Arsenal.
Hull City, Crystal Palace, and Wolfsburg are some of the clubs interested in him. There was even talk of Bendtner holding talks with the Arsenal boss in order to end the contract with a pay-off. That is also not happened, and it seems that the 25-year-old will be an Arsenal player at least until January. He was set for a spell on the sidelines in the reserve team, would have been damaging to his hopes of playing for the Danish national team at the World Cup. Hence, he has come up with a statement stating that he is committed to Arsenal and will be happy to put on the shirt once again.
"I want to assure all Arsenal fans that I will give everything I have to contribute. It's no secret that Arsenal and myself had agreed that I could leave the club during the 2013 summer transfer window subject to an agreement between all parties. An agreement had been reached with more than one club, but as Arsenal were unable to secure the services of another striker they reserved their right to not sanction any deal," said the striker in a statement after the transfer window closed.
Arsenal have made a £ 10 million offer for Newcastle United midfielder Yohan Cabaye, which has been instantly rejected by Alan Pardew. He has stated that the offer from Arsenal is extremely insulting. He values the player in excess of £ 20 million, while Arsenal appear to have rated him at only £ 15 million.
It remains to be seen if Arsenal will come with an improved offer, but signs are that they would. The team has been suffering from numerous injury problems, while they have also been unable to sign any big name player so far.
They have already missed out on several new signings like Luiz Gustavo and Gonzalo Higuain, who have decided to go elsewhere. The club are on a real low at the moment, as they are finding it very difficult to attract star players. Several years without winning a major trophy has reduced the prestige of Arsenal. Former Liverpool defender Jamie Carragher has said that this is a sign of panic buying from Arsenal with only a few days left the transfer window. Arsenal could be left with just around 20 players in the squad for the upcoming matches as they have several injury worries as well.
Players like Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Mikel Arteta have been ruled out for months.
"We were shown disrespect. The rights or wrongs of that bid I will leave others to think about, but I know what I think of it. To bid on the eve of a game was not necessary. They could have bid when this game was over and it would not have been any further down the line," said Pardew after the Manchester City match. Cabaye was left out of the starting line-up, as the manager had stated that his head has been messed up with.
Arsenal is close to selling the Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner. The Gunners have agreed with five clubs on transfer fee and now, it depends on Bendtner which club he wants to sign for.
Bendtner has been in dreadful form in the last 1 and half years. The last time that he had netted at club level was 14 months back.
Bendtner had been placed on loan to the Italian club Juventus at the start of the last season. He mostly sat on the sidelines there and played only 9 games throughout the season. He didn’t look in good nick at all in those matches.
Besiktas, Eintracht Frankfurt Plus and Borussia Monchengladbach are said to be among the clubs which have reached transfer fee agreement with Arsenal.
Talking to the reporter of a Danish newspaper a week back, Bendtner had said, “Arsenal have reached agreement with a few clubs, so, now, I have to make a decision which I will do in next couple of weeks. All of them are decent clubs. So, it will be a tough decision for me.”
“The most important thing for a footballer is playing time. I would not like to join a big club and sit on the bench most of the times. I would rather go to a progressive club where I can get regular playing opportunities.”
Bendtner had signed for Arsenal 8 years back in 2005. He never managed to become a regular starter for the Gunners. He spent most of his tenure playing for other clubs on loan.
He was loaned to Birmingham City in the 2006-07 season, to Sunderland in the 2011-12 season and to Juventus in the last season.
Bendtner has so far featured for Arsenal in 99 games and has scored 22 goals.
Juventus will be making the difficult away to put Bologna during the weekend, and their manager Antonio Conte has said that his team should focus real hard in order to get three points from this match.
After a slight dip in form during the months of January, Juventus have once again managed to establish strong lead at the top of the table. There are only 10 matches remaining in the season, and they already have a substantial nine-point advantage in the table. Despite this, Conte has said that they should focus against Bologna if they are to win the title comfortably.
Playing against Bologna away from home is going to be an extremely difficult encounter because the 10th placed team have lost just three home matches this season. Conte has said that Juventus will be able to send a strong message to their rivals if they manage to win this match. Bologna only recently managed a stunning 1-0 win over Inter Milan. However, Inter would have been largely tired as a result of their exertions in the Europa league. Juventus, on the other hand, have been playing only one match a week since the Champions league last 16 encounters.
"Winning tomorrow would send out a clear message to the rest of the championship - but it won't be easy. We're up against Serie A's in-form team who've won their past three games against strong sides. Bologna can certainly get a result tomorrow," said the Juventus manager. Bologna are looking to make this game extremely hard for Juventus. They have managed to sell out the near 35,000 capacity at their stadium. The Bologna striker Gabbiadini has said that the whole town is anticipating the start of the match. Bologna will be able to close the gap on Udinese if they win this match.
The Italian club Juventus decided to sign the Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner on a season long loan deal just because he was the cheapest option available in the market back then. This was the view of the Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta when asked about the reasoning behind signing the 24-year-old Danish striker.
Nicklas Bendtner is currently on a season long loan deal, but he has largely not featured in the first-team. He has been utilised as a substitute on numerous occasions. Due to this strange situation surrounding the striker, many having questioning the reason for signing him.
Giuseppe Marotta has stated that the possibility of bringing in a big-name striker in the summer transfer window was ruled out. Hence, they had no other option but to bring in Nicklas Bendtner. Juventus were linked with the Arsenal striker Robin van Persie throughout the summer, but it has been since reported that they were willing to pay only around £ 7 million for the striker. He ultimately left for Manchester United in a £ 24 million deal. Bendtner has been extremely poor in the opening matches for Juventus so far. He has failed to score in the seven matches he has played for the club.
However, Juventus still continue to lead the table having taken 32 points so far this season, although the recently lost their unbeaten tag after 49 matches.
"Each deal needs economical reasoning before happening. We were not able to make a big money signing last summer but we wanted another striker in case we suffered from a lot of injuries or suspensions, which is the reason we chose to sign Bendtner on loan," said the Juventus sporting director in a recent interview. Juventus recently lost the second match of the season against a struggling Milan team during the weekend.