Nicklas Bendtner: I'm now more mature
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has claimed he is a changed man after making a surprise return to the Gunners first-team squad this season.
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Bendtner appeared to have played his last game for Arsenal after spending the past two seasons on loan at Sunderland and Juventus, but Gunners boss Arsene Wenger now believes the forward can have a big impact on his side’s title challenge this season.
The Denmark international has suggested he has matured both on and off the pitch, as he claims additions to his family have refocused his ambitions as he looks to a brighter future.
“I had a baby, which changed me a lot,” Bendtner told Arsenal Player. “I think a lot of people say that you have babies and they change you, but for me I could really feel a big difference to my life.
“Being abroad also showed me a lot of different things and different aspects of how to live and how to cope with problems and things like that. I think that has given me a lot more as a man.
“If people don’t like me, that’s fair enough. If people can’t accept that sometimes you’re young and make mistakes and move on, that’s not up to me. I try to do my best and that’s basically all I can do for my family and my friends and everyone around the club.”
Meanwhile Bendtner insisted his oft-mentioned comments that he sees himself as one of the world’s finest footballers may have been overblown by the media and created a negative impression of his personality.
“I don’t like that I keep getting put up on comments I’ve made which have been wrongly said and that I still to this day have to see it and listen to it,” he added. “I think every football player wants to achieve the [most] within what he can do. That’s what makes you. If you have a dream and try to do everything you can to be the best that you can, that’s you trying to make the best out of your job or what you do.
“I basically said that I think that anybody who plays football in the world would love to be the best. I think that’s a normal statement and that got [changed] to me saying that I was the best player in the world. “I don’t know where that came from. I still listen to it now and again and still see it. If people want to believe that, then that’s that.”