Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner arrested on suspicion of criminal damage to luxury apartment after going on 'night swim'

Police confirm the 25-year-old Dane has been cautioned for criminal damage but will not be required to attend court

Arsenal’s misfiring striker Nicklas Bendtner has been arrested on suspicion of criminal damage as his luxury Hertfordshire apartment block, police have confirmed.

The 25-year-old was held yesterday in connection with damage to an apartment building where he lives in the Bushey area, and police confirmed that the Denmark international had been cautioned but will not have to attend court regarding the matter.

A statement released by Hertfordshire Police said: "A 25-year-old man from Bushey has been cautioned for criminal damage and is no longer in custody.

"He was arrested in connection with an incident which occurred at an address in The Avenue, Bushey, in the early hours of November 24."

Bendtner returned to Arsenal in the summer following a series of unsuccessful loan spells, with the latest coming last year in a season-long stint with Italian league champions Juventus where he failed to score in his 10 appearances.

He has since returned to become a regular on the Arsenal bench, acting as cover for first-choice striker Olivier Giroud, but he has cut a frustrating figure in his seven goalless appearances so far this season – although he did score a brace in Denmark’s World Cup qualifier against Italy in October.

Having been with the Gunners since making his debut in the 2005.06 season, he has netted 45 times in 164 appearances, but has constantly been linked with a move away from the north London club in recent seasons.

This culminated in the summer when a move to fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace was called off at the last minute despite Bendtner arriving at the Eagles training ground after Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger was unable to bring in a replacement, with his moves for Liverpool’s Luis Suarez and Chelsea’s Demba Ba ending in failure.

Bendtner has spent time with a number of clubs with Sunderland, Birmingham City and the Seria A holders, before making his first appearance for Arsenal in over two years in the Capital One Cup third round victory over West Brom in September this year.

The striker took to his official Instagram account to apologise for the incident, and insists that the matter in now closed.

"On Saturday night after our win against Southampton I went out with family and friends for dinner. After our dinner we all wanted a night swim in my gym so we changed to shorts and brought towels down," Bendtner said.

"As we arrived at the gym my key fob changed the colour from red (locked) to green (open) but the door remained closed.

"We thought the door was stuck so we tried to open it and it caused some damage.

"I apologise for any inconvenience for my neighbours and I have paid in full. We had no part in damaging anything else in the building.

"The matter is closed with the police, and my focus is on tonight’s match."

This isn’t the first time Bendtner has been in hot water though, having been handed a one-match ban and fined €100,000 for lowering his shorts during the 2012 European Championships.

Having scored twice, he celebrated by revealing a well-known bookmakers logo on his underwear, and was subsequently found guilty of improper conduct, although the bookmakers were more than happy to pick up the bill for the unexpected publicity boost.

Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Day In a Page

Greece debt crisis: EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

EU 'family' needs to forgive rather than punish an impoverished state

An outbreak of malaria in Greece four years ago helps us understand the crisis, says Robert Fisk
Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge: The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas

Gaza, a year on from Operation Protective Edge

The traumatised kibbutz on Israel's front line, still recovering from last summer's war with Hamas
How to survive electrical storms: What are the chances of being hit by lightning?

Heavy weather

What are the chances of being hit by lightning?
World Bodypainting Festival 2015: Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'

World Bodypainting Festival 2015

Bizarre and brilliant photos celebrate 'the body as art'
alt-j: A private jet, a Mercury Prize and Latitude headliners

Don't call us nerds

Craig Mclean meets alt-j - the math-folk act who are flying high
How to find gold: The Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge

How to find gold

Steve Boggan finds himself in the Californian badlands, digging out crevasses and sifting sludge
Singing accents: From Herman's Hermits and David Bowie to Alesha Dixon

Not born in the USA

Lay off Alesha Dixon: songs sound better in US accents, even our national anthem
10 best balsamic vinegars

10 best balsamic vinegars

Drizzle it over salad, enjoy it with ciabatta, marinate vegetables, or use it to add depth to a sauce - this versatile staple is a cook's best friend
Wimbledon 2015: Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Brief glimpses of the old Venus but Williams sisters' epic wars belong to history

Serena dispatched her elder sister 6-4, 6-3 in eight minutes more than an hour
Greece says 'No': A night of huge celebrations in Athens as voters decisively back Tsipras and his anti-austerity stance in historic referendum

Greece referendum

Greeks say 'No' to austerity and plunge Europe into crisis
Ten years after the 7/7 terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?

7/7 bombings anniversary

Ten years after the terror attacks, is Britain an altered state?
Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has created

Versace haute couture review

Beautiful evening dresses are some of the loveliest Donatella has ever created
No hope and no jobs, so Gaza's young risk their lives, climb the fence and run for it

No hope and no jobs in Gaza

So the young risk their lives and run for it
Fashion apps: Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers

Fashion apps

Retailers roll together shopping and social networking for mobile customers
The Greek referendum exposes a gaping hole at the heart of the European Union – its distinct lack of any genuine popular legitimacy

Gaping hole at the heart of the European Union

Treatment of Greece has shown up a lack of genuine legitimacy