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Arsenal cult hero Nicklas Bendtner in hulking body transformation after piling on three STONE of muscle since retirement

ARSENAL cult hero Nicklas Bendtner has undergone an incredible body transformation after he put on more than THREE stone of muscle.

The striker scored 47 goals in 171 appearances for the Gunners, but retired from football in 2021.

Nicklas Bendtner looked a lot more slender during his nine year spell at Arsenal

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Nicklas Bendtner looked a lot more slender during his nine year spell at ArsenalCredit: News Group Newspapers Ltd
Bendtner showed off his hulking physique on his Instagram

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Bendtner showed off his hulking physique on his InstagramCredit: Instagram

Bendtner, 36, featured 136 times in the Premier League and notched 32 top-flight goals.

He won an FA Cup in 2014, and still clearly loves the Gunners, showing up for a clash against Brighton last season in a retro kit.

The Dane explained in his book that he gained 10kg in muscle mass during his time at Juventusthrough explosive work outs.

He unveiled his ripped body, showing off his six pack and huge biceps to his 434k followers.

He looked almost unrecognisable with his lion chest tattoo and long locks.

During his playing days, things were not always so straightforward.

First, he admitted nearly becoming bankrupt after gambling away almost £5.4million in poker, including blowing £400,000 in 90 minutes at a London casino.

Then, he was placed under house-arrest in 2020 and had to wear an electronic tag for assaulting a taxi driver.

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Since he said farewell to the game though, ‘Lord Bendtner’ is enjoying a gym-packed lifestyle.

During his up-and-down spell at Arsenal, he left on loan to Birmingham City, Sunderland and Juventus.

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He eventually permanently joined Wolfsburg on a three-year deal in 2014.

After having his contract terminated, he spent one year at Nottingham Forest in the Championship and Rosenborg.

He then joined boyhood club Copenhagen in 2019, scoring his only goal in a cup game.

Bendtner did bag the Premier League record for the fastest goal scored by a substitute in 2006.

He came off the bench to head in Cesc Fabregas’ corner six seconds later in a winter north London derby. 

He now hosts Danish TV’s equivalent of the MTV classic Punk’D, playing pranks on celebrities and members of the public.

His documentary ‘Nicklas Bendtner – The Portait’, will be released as a series in three episodes on Viaplay with a premiere on February 12.

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