Arsene Wenger has challenged Nicklas Bendtner to make the most of his surprise return as he looks set to return to Arsenal first team.
The 25 year old striker spent the last two seasons on loan at first Sunderland and then Juventus and though the Italian champions ruled out making the move permanent it looked certain he would be on his way out of the Emirates.
It looked like he will be moving to Crystal Palace but Wenger blocked the move at the 11th hour, due to a lack of numbers on the Gunners squad.
Wenger has insisted that Bendtner is part of his plans and suggested the Denmark international could take Giroud’s place if he rediscovers his best form.
According to Daily Mail, he said:
If he is fit, I will use Nicklas. He is a good striker. He could play against West Brom, he will be in the squad for sure.
It is a fantastic opportunity for him. Honestly, he was supposed to go, but he stayed and once he stays you have to consider him as a full player of the squad.
If he deserves to play in front of [Olivier] Giroud, he plays in front of Giroud. That is as simple as that.
He lost his way a little bit, but he is not a bad boy. He is a good guy.
He took the easy way a little bit but now he realizes there are some [signals] in your career when players think that is the moment for them. He has got the message.
The Danish international also expressed his happiness on his return to the first team squad. He tweeted:
Very pleased to be involved again after very hard work to come back. Many thanks to the staff.
Bendtner’s last appearance for Arsenal was a substitute appearance during the last 10 minutes of the defeat to Liverpool on 20 August 2011, after which he had loan spells at Sunderland and Juventus. But since it became clear that he was staying this summer, he has been getting back into shape first at a boot camp in Denmark and is now fit to feature next week.
Even though Bendtner is not as good as he thinks but he isn’t as bad as the fans say. His international record is pretty impressive and his record at Arsenal too is very good considering that he has spent more time on the bench. In every season he played for the Gunners barring his first,he closed in on double figures and he even surpassed the mark twice with 15 goals (2008/09) and 12 goals (2009/10).
We cannot expect Oliver Giroud to play every game of the season and with Podolski injured the next best option available for Arsenal is Bendtner. We do have Sanogo but i think he is too raw a talent to make his mark this season and many might argue that we have Walcott but i feel he is best suited on the right flank. It will be his last chance to save his dwindling careerl. Considering the creativity we have, if he works hard then i think can be among the goals.
He is likely to make it into the squad for Stoke match. What say Gonners?