Arsenal Set To Replace Bendtner With 15-goal Striker?

By on June 5, 2011

So Arsenal are planning a raid on mid-table dwellers West Brom for their star striker Peter Odemwingie with a bid of £4 million. It’s shocking, isn’t it? Arsene Wenger? Spending money?

I suppose he has no choice though, now that his Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner, who still believes he is one of the best strikers in the world, has decided that he will leave Arsenal this summer – he is 100% certain of it:

“I have decided 100% that I must leave Arsenal. I’ve considered this for a long time and was quite clear when I arrived at my decision.”

“It doesn’t feel particularly strange to not know what my future holds – I’m quite calm and confident that I’ll be fine at a new club.”

Odemwingie isn’t a bad player at all – 5th top scorer in the Premier League with 15 goals this season for West Brom as well as winning the player of the month award twice in both September and April. He is a top finisher and a natural goalscorer, scoring at all the clubs he has played for, though he has settled very quickly in England, equalling his highest goalscoring total for a season.

The £4 million valuation however, would not be well received by West Brom fans who would not like to see their star player go, especially when he is one of their best chances of staying in the Premier League next season. West Brom’s manager Roy Hodgson was not very enthusiastic about letting his top scorer go:

“Luckily they are under contract, so that’s not a great problem for us.”

“We are working very hard to make sure they are happy at the club, and we will do our very best to ensure that. We are a club with a very healthy economy. The chairman has a very clear idea of the direction that the club wants to go in. He is certainly more interested in retaining our players than selling them.”

“So players like Odemwingie and Brunt, who have long-term contracts, I expect them to stay at the club.”

Arsenal have needed a goalscoring striker for a while, with free agent last summer Marouane Chamakh not impressing with goals and Robin van Persie picking up several frustrating injuries which constantly stall and stutter his season. Odemwingie has twice penetrated Arsenal’s defence last season in his run of goals, and at 29 years of age, although not a typical Wenger signing would prove a very useful one.

Earlier in the season, the players agent David Omigie eluded to Odemwingie’s future being at the Hawthorns rather then elsewhere, with links to Juventus among other being rife at the time due to the Nigerians impressive form:

“West Brom haven’t told us about anything and Peter is really enjoying himself there and doing very well.”

“He will be happy staying there unless West Brom tell us otherwise.”

To get his man, Wenger will have to do something he has never been too fond of doing, and up his bid to prize Odemwingie away from West Brom, otherwise it will be another disappointing transfer window for Arsenal.

Tell me what you think!

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16 Comments

  1. iain

    June 5, 2011 at 10:58 am

    I,ll tell you waht I think- what a load of utter tosh

  2. Gooner92

    June 5, 2011 at 11:19 am

    He’s is crap arsenal fans demand big signings after you (arsene) demand a 6% increase in tickets! Get spending or leave and let someone else come in that will push the club forward not leave it in limbo!

  3. Carty

    June 5, 2011 at 11:37 am

    £4 mil, what a joke, dont think its going to go down to well up here, and i doubt its the player gooners are looking for to end their miserable run of trophy less seasons. One thing i can say is, that peter o is a much better player than bendtner. It remains to be seen what happens on this one, it will be purely down to the player if he wants to stay, double your wages may not be enough to stave off arsenal. I’m a baggies fan through and through, i hope west brom do their utmost to keep him on board, but if he does go to arsenal, good luck to him.

  4. Pial

    June 5, 2011 at 11:40 am

    Yo wenger add 6 to make it 10m 4m is shocking, and get peter his a goal machine,n forget abot the totsham star his useless

  5. head

    June 5, 2011 at 12:27 pm

    Correction: It will be disappointing if we do get him.

  6. gooner

    June 5, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    we don’t want him on Gunner’s jersey.

  7. Neo

    June 5, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    Neymer is what we want not odewinge, defoe and the like.

  8. Kelvin chimezie

    June 5, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Pls pls pls?wenger should just give them chamakh or benthner +€6m 2 get peter odewingie 4 we fans because €4m is 2 small pls

  9. amehson

    June 5, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    wenger shd stop pricing all the players in the whole europe with lip buying and cheapest pricing 4m is too meagre for odewinge

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  11. Danny

    June 5, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Has the last 6 seasons not taught you anything Wenger? Stop going in for cutprice crap and sign a star like Falcao.Odemwinge will be another Bendtner, Chamakh.Need a worldclass striker, not second class.Stop being so arrogant and tight fisted.Listen to your fans, the ones that have kept you in a job after failing for so long.Your next signiings should be quality.Stop signing mediocre players and stop signing 16 year olds.If we don’t win anything next season you won’t be there to see them grow into the first team.Learn from your many mistakes and give the supporters something back for our loyalty!

  12. alibaba

    June 5, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    peter is strong, if he scored 15 for west brom, he can score 30 for arsenal, buy him but pay well, to whom less is giving less should be expected

    • peejay

      June 6, 2011 at 9:57 pm

      You are right..Wenger should change his policies..

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  14. Dave H

    June 5, 2011 at 11:39 pm

    Why oh why does anyone think West Brom would sell their top scorer for £4M? If Wenger HAS made such an offer he should be immediately placed under 72-hour mental health observation as he’s clearly snapped under the strain.

  15. silo

    June 26, 2011 at 1:04 am

    wenger don mad

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