Nicklas Bendtner has paid tribute to Arsenal fans after his Nottingham Forest side were beaten 4-0 by the Gunners in the third round of the EFL Cup at the City Ground on Tuesday night.
The 28-year-old has struggled to make an impact on the game since being released by Arsenal in 2014 with previous club Wolfsburg terminating his contract in April of this year.
The Dane’s move to the City Ground took many by surprise, particularly Arsene Wenger who did acknowledge his need to try to get his career back on track.
“It was a surprise to me that Nicklas signed for Nottingham Forest, but at some stage Nicklas needs to restart his career,” he said before the match.
“Of course he has a point to prove – he’s playing at a level where he is not used to. But he did start his career at this level at Birmingham City with Steve Bruce, where he did very well. Nicklas is focused enough to show he can fight again.”
Bendtner could not find his way onto the scoresheet against his former club and received a standing ovation from Arsenal fans when he was substituted late on. After the match the Forest forward admitted that he had been touched by the reception he had received from the Gunners fans.
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“Thanks for the “super” treatment last night, Gooners. Really meant a lot… #TheRebootIsOn #NFFC” he wrote on Instagram.
Bendtner was treated to fans singing his name after the final whistle and acknowledged the supporters who were perhaps as clearly thrilled with the victory as they were with seeing the Dane line up against them.