Kolo Toure’s persistent injuries and occasionally clumsy displays in defense and Bendtner’s failure to genuinely deputize in Emmanuel Adebayor’s absence have alerted the likes of story makers and other lurking clubs as the Janaury transfer window approaches.
The duo, including former skipper William Gallas have been strongly likened to begin a mass Arsenal exodus before the summer, but as ever, Arsene Wenger has moved to clear the slate – at least for the time being.
It does not necessarily make a difference when the boss makes such bullish remarks on possible exits by his players, but it is better news to hear with Manchester City and Spartak Moscow keeping tabs on Arsenal’s contributive pair.
“We go into a period where many people will be creative about what will be happening,” he added. “I think you have to be realistic as well. We have a short squad. You want everyone to focus on the Club and on helping us do as well as we can.”
Both Toure and Bendtner are currently sidelined with injuries, but at least one of them could make it for the clash with Aston Villa on Friday.