Nicklas Bendtner has denied saying he should play “every minute of every game” for Arsenal no matter who is fit.
The quotes were attributed to the Danish striker on the morning of Monday’s cup tie with Cardiff. He brushed them off by scoring Arsenal’s second goal in a comprehensive 4-0 win but afterwards revealed he had been misinterpreted.
“I've never said anything like what they put in the newspapers,” he told the Arsenal magazine. “And 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.
“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.
“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.”
Nicklas Bendtner's diary appears in the Official Arsenal Magazine. The next issue is out in the UK on Friday.
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