Bendtner denies claiming he should play every minute
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has strongly denied claiming he should play every minute of every game , writes Jem Maidment. The Denmark international has told the club s official magazine, out tomorrow (Friday), his words have been twisted in the pa
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has strongly denied claiming he should play "every minute of every game", writes Jem Maidment.
The Denmark international has told the club's official magazine, out tomorrow (Friday), his words have been "twisted" in the past by the British tabloids.
Bendtner has famously had spats with Emmanuel Adebayor and William Gallas and reportedly said recently that he had never seen new signing Andrei Arshavin - due to make his debut against Sunderland on Saturday - play prior to his move to north London.
But Bendtner has blasted his growing reputation as arrogant - and says he has never felt he should be in the starting XI, regardless of who else is fit.
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"I've never said anything like what they put in the newspapers," he wrote in his diary in the magazine. "It makes me upset because it comes across really bad.
"None of it was said like that - basically I did a long interview for the Danish press recently, they asked me a lot of questions and the press over here have taken my answers and twisted them out of proportion.
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"I was happy with the article in the Danish magazine and if you saw it you would realise that what was reported over here was not true," added the 21-year-old, who scored Arsenal's second goal in their 4-0 FA Cup fourth round win over Cardiff City on Monday night.
"There is nothing you can do about it when they change what has been said and it's annoying because it makes people think 'what is he playing at?'
"If I feel the need to say something to my team-mates to explain it then I will do, but they know that I am right behind the team and wouldn't say things like that."