Nicklas Bendtner has called an end to the nonsense which saw him dubbed ‘The Lord’ by many Arsenal fans, granting him a cult status he never deserved.
I, for one, am glad to hear him put an end to this ridiculous nickname.
Bendtner irks me, perhaps because I spent so long defending him and believing he would eventually fulfil the promise he seems determined to keep locked up inside of himself, whatever the cost.
“The Lord is dead,” Bendtner told reporters. “I don’t actually know how that came about.
“All of a sudden someone said to me ‘Do you know that everyone calls you Lord?’ It just kicked off from there.
“I pictured my career going in a different way, but it didn’t. So I’m going to make the best out of the rest of my career and do the best I can.
“I’m here now and I want to reboot, and get back to just playing.
“There are many goals I have set myself over the years. Many things I have said and been killed for.
“I actually don’t regret saying I want to be the best striker in the world, because that’s what everyone wants. It’s just that no one wants to say it.
“It has haunted me.”
Actually, Nicklas, what has ‘haunted’ you has been your refusal to do the work needed to become the greatest in the world.
Could he have done if he’d applied himself? Maybe, maybe not. But without the focus and determination to do whatever it takes, he will never ever know.
Bendtner may feel mocked but he has absolutely nobody to blame but himself.
It wasn’t anyone else who said they wanted to be the greatest, that wore Paddy Power pants, that was pictured being dragged out of a nightclub with his trousers halfway down his legs. He was there when cars got smashed up and it was him who was sacked by Wolfsburg. It’s a long list. These are just the ones that spring instantly to mind.
These are the things that should haunt him.
I doubt they ever will.
This, also, isn’t the first time he’s said he wants to make the best of what’s left of his career.
Words and actions, Nick, words and actions…