Sat Feb 05 02:00pm EST
"I'm sorry, I can't hear you over the sound of how awesome I am."
It has long been believed that Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner's first words were, "Yes, but why aren't you talking about me?" Even when he was still a teenager trying to steal playing time from Emmanuel Adebayor, he was saying things like, "Everything I do I always feel very confident, whether it's tennis, badminton, football, whatever. I just go out there and think I can do it and most of the time I can. What I'm good at I don't mind saying because it's not a secret, is it?"
With words like those, it seems his extreme self-confidence far greater than that of your average egotist. And now, Arsenal's sport psychologist Jacques Crevoisier has proven that to be the case. From ESPN:
"One of the categories is called 'self perceived competence,' i.e. how good the player himself thinks he is,'' Crevoisier told Swedish magazine Offside. ''On a scale up to 9, Bendtner got 10! We have never seen that before. Pat Rice [Arsenal's assistant manager] was sitting next to me and couldn't stop laughing.
"When Bendtner misses a chance, he is always genuinely convinced that it wasn't his fault. You might say that's a problem, and to a certain degree it can be. But you can also view it as this guy has a remarkable ability to come back after set-backs."
The test is made-up of 117 questions designed to test players' self-belief, concentration levels and determination and is overseen by Crevoisier, who specialises in working with young French players at France's Clairefontaine academy as well as the Gunners' stars.
You have to doubt these results somewhat, because if Bendtner's confidence really was off the charts, there's no way he could have made it even halfway through the 117 questions(!) before declaring his time too valuable to waste on such a pointless exercise. That aside, Japan should be put on alert because Bendtner's self-confidence will probably be destroying their cities in a battle against Mothra any day now.