Nicklas Bendtner
Nicklas Bendtner scored 32 goals in nine years as a professional at ArsenalGetty Images/Shaun Botterill

New Wolfsburg signing Nicklas Bendtner has taken a parting shot at Arsenal upon signing a three-year deal with the Bundesliga club.

The 26-year-old was released by the Gunners this summer and agrees a permanent switch away from north London following a torrid decade at the club.

Bendtner had spent spells on loan at Birmingham City, Sunderland and Juventus during his Arsenal career and was denied the chance to leave the club last summer after manager Arsene Wenger pulled the plug on the Dane's prospective move to Crystal Palace.

The Denmark international was then left frustrated as he went largely unused during the campaign, making just 12 appearances all season, scoring twice.

And having finally secured a move away from Arsenal, Bendtner has launched an attack on his former club by claiming it wasn't his "decision" to remain at the Emirates Stadium.

"I never lost hope [of leaving Arsenal]," he said. "When I was with Juventus I had an injury, which was unfortunate, and last season didn't go as I planned.

"I was hoping I was going to play in another place but circumstances had it that I had to stay at Arsenal and that wasn't my decision."

Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking said: "We want to play a good role in all three competitions this season and to do this, we need players who already know what this kind of challenge is all about.

"Nicklas embodies precisely the kind of striker we were looking for. He fits the profile and is going to strengthen our squad."

Though Bendtner's form for Arsenal saw his opportunities limited in the first team, a number of alleged off-the-field incidents drew a shadow over his career in the Premier League.

In addition, a series of quotes attributed to Bendtner regarding his own ability, which he believed made him capable of playing for "Real Madrid or Barcelona", ensures his leaves Arsenal as a
divisive figure.