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Juventus welcome Arsenal's Bendtner: But we didn't really want you ...

Juventus directors aren't exactly celebrating their deal for Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner.

Bendtner has joined Juventus on a season-long loan - even though the Italians admit the Dane was a last resort, says The Sun.

Juve wanted to sign Dimitar Berbatov from Manchester United but Fulham beat them to it.

The Italians - who originally had their sights on Robin van Persie - then turned to another Arsenal striker but one who spent last season on loan with Sunderland.

Juventus sporting director Giuseppe Marotta admitted they had been forced to settle for Bendtner, 24.

Marotta said: "He is not the high-profile striker we were hoping to sign, but it's a chance we had to take in a difficult market like this.

"It was an unprofessional way for Berbatov to behave. He did not make a good impression."

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