Bendtner happy to stay

Danish striker never came close to leaving Arsenal

Bendtner: Never wanted to go

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Nicklas Bendtner has insisted there was never any chance of him leaving Arsenal as he is still enjoying life at Emirates Stadium.

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Speculation started to surface over the striker's future after he was quoted in November as saying that he would look for a move if he did not get more first-team opportunities.

Arsene Wenger responded by telling Bendtner to be patient and reports linking him with a number of other clubs have been played down more recently.

The transfer deadline has now passed and the Denmark international maintains that he always wanted to remain with the Gunners.

"There was never any doubt that I would leave Arsenal - it was just talk," he said in The Sun.

"I know the club are happy to have me and I'm happy to be at the club. There's never been any talk about me leaving in any formal way."

Out of position

Bendtner is likely to be back on the substitutes' bench for Tuesday's match against Everton after completing 90 minutes in the FA Cup victory over Huddersfield at the weekend.

However, he has told Wenger that he is prepared to play in a wide role if his preferred centre-forward position is taken up by Robin van Persie or Marouane Chamakh.

"I want to play up front. I got a half up front against Huddersfield and with a bit more luck could have scored a couple of goals," he said.

"I'm happy to play on the right if the boss wants me to play there, even though it's not my preferred position.

"As long as I'm playing I can score from either position which will make me happy.

"It's been very difficult this season with my injury and I've worked very hard to try and get back.

"It's taken time but it's getting better all the time and I can slowly feel I'm getting back to my best. I'm close to being 100 per cent fit."