By Chris Wright
Arsenal striker Nicky Bendtner believes that the £52,000 he earns on a weekly basis is perfectly justified, chiefly because of the skiing jaunts his chosen profession causes him to miss:
“Somehow I believe that we must be worth our salaries because that is how the mechanism of society works. As long as I work as hard as I can, I believe I am worth what is coming my way.”
“I pay a big price with my body, my time and with never being able to have privacy when I am out.”
“I don’t complain about that. It’s a part of being a professional footballer but it’s definitely a price to pay.
“Again, I am not complaining but I love to go on a skiing holiday but as long as I have my career I can’t do that because of the risk of injury.”
Doesn’t your heart just bleed?
Having only started one game for the Gunners so far this season despite being the ‘greatest finisher in the world’ (© Nicklas Bendtner), Bendtner also went on to admit that he will be considering his future at the Emirates come the end of the current season:
“I will play this season to the end as an Arsenal player and then make a decision on my status in the summer.”