Sports notes | Bendtner: “Sad to stay, I have to say”
An interview with Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner released by Berlingske on Saturday night has been gleefully dissected by an English media not used to honest football players. Bendtner confessed what everyone already knew: he is unhappy at Arsenal, wants to move and doesn’t care what the club’s fans think. And then he revealed something we didn’t: that manager Arsène Wenger stopped him moving to another club in the last transfer window, despite offers from three clubs, due to a shortage of target-men at the club. Wenger only has two: Olivier Giroud and Bendtner. Arsenal fans took to Twitter to abuse the Dane. “Get the fuck out of our club,” wrote one. “You’re so shit,” chimed another. And even TV presenter Piers Morgan got in on the act, saying Bendtner’s disappointment was exceeded by his “sickening revulsion”.
Stopping pucks for the Ducks
Frederik Andersen, 24, the first Danish ice hockey goalie to ever play in the NHL, has made a phenomenal start to the season, recording a 95.2 percent stoppage rate to help his team Anaheim Ducks win all six of his games to lead the Pacific Division. In his first game, he came off the bench 1-3 down to help the Ducks to a 6-3 win, and since then he has conceded just eight goals in five more games.
A double: gongs not goals
Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen has won the Danish FA’s Player of the Year award for a second time, following his first gong in 2011. Cardiff City striker Andreas Cornelius, who is expected to return from a two-month injury this week, won the Superliga Player of the Year and Young Talent of the Year awards, while Søren Lerby and Frank Arnesen were inducted into the Hall of Fame.
Promoters make some noise
As if the boxers on the bill weren’t enough to draw attention to the fight night, boxing promoter Team Sauerland has revealed that it is hoping to set a new world record for fan noise on Saturday when Patrick Nielsen defends his WBA & WBO Intercontinental Middleweight titles at MusikTeatret in Albertslund against Mexico’s Jose Pinzon. Younger brother, Micki, is also on the bill.
Woz hints at Rio retirement
Caroline Wozniacki, 23, has confirmed she is likely to continue playing tennis until the 2016 Olympics, after which she will probably stop to have a child. “The Olympics has always meant something special to me,” she told the Sports Confederation of Denmark’s magazine, Idrætsliv. “It will probably be my last Olympics, and winning a medal for Denmark is definitely something I want to do before I stop.”