NICKLAS Bendtner is desperate to “kick-start” his career back into life after being restricted to a fringe role at Arsenal.
Sunderland’s deadline day signing made just 17 Premier League appearances for the Gunners last year, with boss Arsene Wenger happy to let the Danish striker join Sunderland on a season-long loan.
Bendtner feels he was frozen out at the Emirates ever since injuring his legs and shoulder in a car accident almost two years ago and expects to leave Arsenal on a permanent deal at the end of the campaign.
And with Sunderland keen to reinforce their attacking options after netting just once in the opening four games, the prospect of a starting spot at the Stadium of Light held obvious appeal for the 23-year-old.
Bendtner, who will wear his favoured number 52 shirt for the Black Cats, said: “Sunderland was the club I wanted to go to.
“Now I can hopefully get away from the problems I was having at Arsenal and I’m looking forward to having a lot of playing time at Sunderland.
“This is the way I can kick-start my career again because I have not played much since the World Cup.”
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