Bendtner reflects on heated rifts with Adebayor and Henry at Arsenal

Former Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has lifted the lid on his on-pitch argument with Emmanuel Adebayor during a game against Tottenham in 2008.

And he has admitted that he was never a big fan of his ex-teammate during his time in north London.

Bendtner, now at Danish side Tarnby FF, has never been shy of confrontation, and he garnered a reputation of being something of a volatile figure during his six seasons with the Gunners.

Things came to a head in a League Cup semi-final clash against Spurs at White Hart Lane, when he and Adebayor had to be separated after they came to blows in a disagreement.

And speaking on Arsenal's In Lockdown podcast, Bendtner made his feelings about his fellow forward crystal clear.

"He’s not really my cup of tea," Bendtner said. "I got on with most people in the team and made some really good friends, but me and him? Probably not so much.

"I remember him being substituted on and I think there was a key moment where I don't think the ball had been passed to him. There was a heated exchange of words where a lot was said between us, and then we squared up to each other.

"Then he sort of push headbutted me, so he sort of pushed me away while headbutting me on the nose. Then [William] Gallas came in, split us up and took us apart.

"I was very upset. I mean, we had such a poor performance, I think we lost 5-1. I was disappointed enough with myself and the team about the performance we gave, so that [incident] obviously didn't do anything to help.

"We tried to talk it through in the dressing room but not so much words… more something else. Then we got separated and called into the boss’ office the next day. We got fined and that was the end of it. We didn't really have any encounters at all from that moment.

"We never tried to patch things up. We learned to have the respect for the club and the team. That we would be on the same team, we would give everything when we were on the pitch together, but we wouldn't be friends."

Bendtner also recalled a dispute he had with Thierry Henry in training, but clearly has far more respect for the Arsenal legend than he did for Adebayor.

On the incident, in which the two clashed during a drill, he added: "It's actually a funny story. It was quite an important moment.

"It showed me a lot about being humble and understanding, because of the background I came from it was more if someone says something you would sort it out right there and then.

"Thierry gave me a lesson. This is the guy who's been assisting and scoring the most goals. He's got legendary status in the Premier League and with Arsenal but the fact wasn't what happened on the pitch for me.

"The fact was that he managed to sit down and talk with me afterwards, that showed me a lot more to him that I could expect and knew about at the time.

"It definitely had a big effect on me. I mean, the fact that he could do that but then still say, 'But you'll get punished.' He would tell me what it's like to be part of a team and to be at Arsenal and what it means."

Source: Read Full Article

Create Account



Log In Your Account