Nicklas Bendtner
Nicklas Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner

Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner left Arsenal in June 2014 after nine seasons with the Gunners.

Nicklas joined Arsenal from Copenhagen’s youth setup in 2004, at the age of 16. Cutting his competitive teeth with a successful loan at Birmingham City, with whom he won promotion to the Premier League in 2006/07, he then graduated to the Gunners’ first-team squad and made a number of valuable contributions over the next few seasons.

Nicklas Bendtner Profile

Born January 16, 1988
Copenhagen, Denmark
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 23
Previous Club(s) Juventus (loan), Sunderland (loan), Birmingham City (loan), FC Copenhagen
Arsenal Debut October 25, 2005

Particularly memorable was a dramatic derby-day winner over Tottenham Hotspur in December 2007, just seconds after coming on as a substitute, while a Champions League hat-trick against Porto in March 2010 was another highlight. His most prolific season saw him score 15 goals for Arsenal in 2009/10.

Dominant in the air and equally adept on the ground, with a deceptive turn of pace and an ability to finish clinically, Nicklas was a full Denmark international with more than 50 caps and an impressive goalscoring record for his country. He found the net in both the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship.

The striker then went on loan to Sunderland, scoring eight goals in 30 appearances for the Wearside outfit, and Juventus, where injuries limited his participation, before starting the 2013/14 season as the second top goalscorer in the Gunners’ first-team squad, closing in on a half century of goals for the club.

Nicklas revealed in March 2014 that he would leave at the end of the season and signed a three-year contract with Bundesliga club Wolfsburg.

Nicklas Bendtner's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup C. Shield Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2005-2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + 3 0 0 0 0 + 3 0
2007-2008 7 + 20 5 3 + 3 2 2 1 5 1 0 0 17 + 23 9
2008-2009 17 + 14 9 5 + 7 2 3 + 2 2 2 2 0 0 27 + 23 15
2009-2010 13 + 10 6 7 5 0 0 1 1 0 0 21 + 10 12
2010-2011 3 + 14 2 2 + 3 0 5 4 4 + 1 3 0 0 14 + 18 9
2011-2012 0 + 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + 1 0
2013-2014 1 + 8 2 0 + 2 0 1 0 2 0 0 0 4 + 10 2
Total 41 + 67 24 17 + 15 9 11 + 2 7 14 + 4 7 0 0 83 + 88 47

My Year

  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12
  • 2010/11
  • 2009/10
  • 2008/09
  • 2007/08

August

Nicklas did not feature in August.

October

After returning to the first-team squad in September, Nicklas made four more appearances in October. The Danish forward started in the Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea and made second-half substitute appearances in the games against West Bromwich Albion, Norwich City and Borussia Dortmund.

December

Nicklas scored his first Arsenal goal since 2011 with a bullet header after just two minutes against Hull. The Dane went on to make three more appearances from the bench in December. "It was a fantastic feeling [to score]," Bendtner said after the Hull game. "I think my celebration showed that. It was my first Premier League game this season - so I was very pleased that we won and I was very pleased with scoring in my first game."

January

Nicklas' month got off to a flying start when he scored a crucial late goal in the win over Cardiff. Unfortunately, he suffered an ankle injury in the process of scoring which kept him out for three weeks. The Dane returned to the team for the 4-0 win over Coventry City.

March

Nicklas did not feature for the first team in March.

May

Nicklas did not feature for the first team in May.

August

Nicklas joined Juventus on loan until the end of the season.

October

Nicklas began to establish himself in the Juventus squad during October, after initially struggling to break into the side. Bendtner has now made five appearances for the Italian side.

December

Nicklas made three appearances for Juventus in December before picking up an injury.

January

Injury kept Nicklas out of action in January.

March

Nicklas did not feature for Juventus during the course of March.

May

Nicklas made his first appearance of the year as Juventus ended their championship-winning season with a 3-2 defeat away at Sampdoria.

August

Nicklas featured for Arsenal just once during the month, replacing Theo Walcott as a late substitute in the defeat to Liverpool.

October

Nicklas enjoyed a strong run of matches on loan with Sunderland during October, scoring Premier League goals against both West Brom and Bolton.

December

Nicklas was a regular for Sunderland during the month, scoring in the 3-2 win over QPR for his third Sunderland goal.

January

Nicklas played four times for Sunderland as Martin O'Neill's side continued in a good vein of form, but he suffered facial injuries against Swansea on January 21. "He's got a bit more than a broken nose. It's difficult to put a timescale on it, but it's going to be lengthy," O'Neill said.

March

Nicklas hit top form for Sunderland in March, firing four goals in his five Premier League matches. He kicked off the month with a penalty in the Tyne-Wear derby before adding goals against Liverpool, QPR and Manchester City. "I've not thought about his future at all," said Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill. "I've not mentioned it to him, there's no point in putting pressure on anyone at the moment. He's played very well and may think that with that type of performance he's still capable of breaking into Arsenal's squad."

May

Nicklas ended his loan spell at Sunderland, making one appearance against Fulham during the month.

August

A groin injury kept Nicklas out of action in August.

October

Nicklas was not only fit for the first time this season but he and his manager believed the he was back to his best shape since last November. The Dane announced his return with the third goal of the 3-0 win over Manchester City when he slotted home after being played through by Samir Nasri. He scored for the second successive game when he fired home a spectacular effort at Newcastle in the Carling Cup to confirm his return to full fitness.

December

Nicklas made just one start in December but did get on the scoresheet in the 2-2 draw with Wigan. The Dane went through an exciting time with his partner expecting a child and, despite his immediate concerns on spending time with his family, he set his sights on fighting for his place after Christmas and in the New Year.

January

Nicklas began to rediscover his best form despite being deployed as a wide man in the front three behind Robin van Persie. The Danish striker produced a moment of magic to break Ipswich's resolve in the Carling Cup Semi-Final second leg at Emirates Stadium, bringing down Jack Wilshere's raking pass and cutting inside a defender before curving a shot into the far corner. He also gave Arsenal the lead against Huddersfield in the FA Cup and then won a last-minute penalty that Cesc Fabregas converted.

March

Nicklas fired his second hat-trick in an Arsenal shirt to help see off Leyton Orient at the start of the month. The Dane’s looping header doubled his side’s lead, his cross-shot made it three and Nicklas fired home his hat-trick goal from the spot. That treble earned him a start against Sunderland in the Premier League and he came of the bench against both Barcelona and West Brom.

May

Nicklas came off the bench in defeats against Stoke and Aston Villa.

August

Nicklas played in all five Gunners matches in August. He changed his squad number to 52, and in a gesture of goodwill to supporters, he offered to personally cover the costs for any supporter who wished to change their replica kit had they purchased his name with No 26 on the back this summer.

October

Nicklas scored twice for Arsenal in October despite missing the win against Birmingham and trip to Alkmaar through injury. His first came in the last minute of the 6-2 win over Blackburn and his second ensured Arsenal's progression in the Carling Cup. He scored the winner in a 2-1 win over Liverpool but then limped off in the first half of the North London derby with a groin injury.


December

Nicklas was sidelined throughout December after a further setback followed hernia surgery he had in November. "He had a hernia surgery and should be back from that already but he had a groin problem as well," explained Arsène Wenger.

January

After almost three months on the sidelines Nicklas returned to the Arsenal squad for the 0-0 draw at Aston Villa. He came on as a substitute in that game and the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.

March

Nicklas netted Emirates Stadium's first European hat-trick during March. The striker started all of Arsenal's fixtures during the month and netted three times against Porto. He also scored an injury-time winner as the Gunners beat Hull City 2-1. Midfielder Andrey Arshavin praised the striker's influence, saying his return from injury has helped the side. "His goals have been welcome," said the Russian. "He’s in good form and has shown that he has the instinct for a chance – not that many teams make as many chances as we do!"

May

Nicklas missed the final two games of Arsenal's season due to a groin injury. However, he was selected in the Denmark squad to travel to South Africa for this summer's World Cup.

August

Last season was Nicklas's first in the Arsenal first-team but the 20-year-old started his second campaign with the look of a seasoned professional. The Dane looked equally adept as a target man as he did with the ball at his feet and capped a number of head-turning performances in August with a goal against Twente.

October

Nicklas continued his solid start to the season in October with outings against Sunderland and West Ham. The Danish striker missed the clash with Everton through injury and was on the bench for the Champions League tie with Fenerbahce and the month’s final fixture against Tottenham. Nicklas spoke to Arsenal TV Online during October and said: “I have matured a lot since last season and i want to become a regular here and help the team to win things. When you keep training hard you do improve and I need to improve on a lot of things.”

December

November was a busy month for Nicklas. The Danish striker took advantage of the missing players in Arsenal’s frontline, playing 90 minutes against Stoke, Manchester United and Manchester City. His highlight of the month came against FC Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday, November 6 when he emerged from the bench to slam home a late winner, securing Arsenal’s Champions League qualification in the process.

January

Nicklas celebrated turning 21 on January 16th with a string of impressive performances - and goals - for Arsenal throughout the month. The Dane started three of the six fixtures and wasted no time in opening his 2009 goalscoring account, scoring Arsenal’s second in their 3-1 FA Cup victory over Plymouth on January 3rd. Another important goal was to follow a week later, when he emerged from the bench to score Arsenal’s late winner against Bolton. He made it three goals in three games on January 17, notching the Gunners’ third in their 3-1 victory at the KC Stadium.

March

Nicklas started four of March’s six fixtures, notching three goals in the month. The Dane blasted two first-half goals in Arsenal’s 3-1 victory at West Brom in the first fixture of the month and headed Arsenal’s first goal at Newcastle in the month’s last match.

May

Nicklas only started one of May’s fixtures but marked the occasion with a superb brace. On Saturday 2nd Arsenal faced Portsmouth at Fratton Park. It took the Dane 13 minutes to open the scoring, rising highest to power a header past David James. He added his second from the spot five minutes before the break.

May

Nicklas crashed home the equalising goal against Liverpool, one of two for the month, and continued to improve, most notably with an eye-catching performance against Derby. He appeared in five games, scoring against the Rams.

March

Nicklas featured in the final three games of the month for Arsenal and notched a goal while on international duty. The Dane seemingly benefited from a run in the side and was a threat throughout the draw with Birmingham.