Bendtner 'incredibly disappointed' to stay at Arsenal

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(Reuters) - - Denmark striker Niklas Bendtner has criticized Arsenal and manager Arsene Wenger for not selling him in the summer and said it will be a "miracle" if he stays at the Premier League club.

In an interview with the Danish newspaper Berlingske Tidende the 25-year-old said he was "incredibly disappointed" when Wenger called to say he was staying in north London.

"I was ready to move on and I don't think they wanted to keep me," he said.

He said he was now training hard as he prepares for the next transfer window in January.

"I train a lot more seriously today than I ever did at Arsenal, " Bendtner said. "I am going to build myself up so that I will be this powerful machine, the perfect item for sale.

"I will start as strong as possible in my next club. It will be a miracle if I stay at Arsenal."

Bendtner, who was training with the Arsenal reserves when he was recalled to the first-team squad, was shocked to find himself back in favor with Wenger.

Despite 163 appearances for the club, which he joined as a 16-year-old, Bendtner has been out of favor for some time, spending the last two seasons on loan at Sunderland and Juventus before his shock recall.

"I found it totally ridiculous that they had placed me in the reserves and let me train by myself, "he added.   Continued...

Arsenal's Niklas Bendtner reacts during their English Premier League soccer match against Sunderland at Emirates Stadium in London March 5, 2011. REUTERS/Stefan Wermuth