Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner feels his reputation has been a hindrance in his search for a new club, according to the Guardian.

The Denmark striker is set to line up against England at Wembley tonight, and is expected to leave the Gunners in the summer.

However, he insists finding a new club has proved difficult as he has been forced to explain away a reputation where he “has been made into a pyschopath” in terms of the public’s perception.

“I have, for example, talked to clubs who say they have heard this or that story about me,” Bendtner said.

“So I have to tell them that it is not true. Of all the things that I have been associated with I have only done one thing wrong and that was in Copenhagen [an arrest for drink driving].

“Regardless of this I have, bit by bit, in people’s eyes been made into a psychopath.”

He remains hopeful of a fresh start with a new club where he is an unknown quantity, despite being quoted earlier in the season as saying he sees his next destination as Barcelona or Real Madrid.

“I would much rather take a club that is close to the Champions League, as a number five-to-eight in its league, where I know that I play,” he told the Danish paper Jyllands-Posten.

“If you are in an industry you surely want to reach the top. I am still the same but I have just not played the games. It hasn’t affected my self-esteem, apart from the fact that I can’t wait until I get a break – an opportunity.

“I am just waiting to be unleashed. This is why I don’t care about anything else but football. I just want to play football. I’m ready for a new chapter. For something completely different. A fresh start.

“No team-mates who I know or know of me and the club does not know me and doesn’t have those stereotypical notions about me.”

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  • Artemis.
    9 months ago

    Given Arsene’s deep dimensions of tolerance and patience, I’m actually disappointed he’s not given the lad much of a second chance.

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