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Thursday, 5 September 2013

Nicklas Bendtner is back at Arsenal and ready for action

Nicklas Bendtner, a man in the wilderness for 2 years following loan spells with Sunderland and an unsuccessful one with Juventus is back at Arsenal and is ready for a second chance. Arsenal failed to sign a top class striker in the summer, and with injuries all over the place Nicklas Bendtner has found himself wanted by Arsene Wenger. Demba Ba was rumoured to be joining the club on deadline day with Bendtner moving to Crystal Palace on a permanent deal. However that failed to materialise and a day later Bendtner issued a statement declaring that he was ready to make Wenger proud and help the club with their ambitions this season.

Take me back: Bendtner's last game for Arsenal was as a sub back in August 2011
 This was the main part of the Danish striker's statement, to real the full thing click here.

"I want to assure all Arsenal fans that I will give everything I have to contribute to what I believe will be a successful season for the club."

"I still feel very strongly about Arsenal Football Club and following positive talks with the Manager, I am looking forward to working hard to regain full fitness and doing my very best to help the team and the Manager fulfil our objectives and ambitions this season."

That all comes from a man who said previously that he would never play for Arsenal again. If Bendtner manages to pull his socks up and actually puts the effort in to make it at Arsenal then he could be really good back-up for Olivier Giroud. He has more than proven that he can score goals, the majority of them coming in the Cup competitions when van Persie was rested or injured back in the day. He looked good at Euro 2012 with Denmark, scoring twice against Portugal, whilst having an influence in the games against Holland and Germany. Following on from Euro 2012 he went out on loan to Juventus. However his spell at the club wasn't such a good one. He played just 10 games and scored none. Juve won Serie A that season and the Dane was stuck behind Vucinic, Giovinco, Anelka, Quaglierella and Matri in the pecking order so it's no wonder he had limited chances to show what he could do.

Bendtner has been at Arsenal since 2005 and is one of our longest serving players. He's made 99 league appearances scoring 22 and altogether 45 goals in 157 games. Not a bad return for a man that usually had to settle for a place on the bench. Should he get himself back to full fitness and actually give his all then it'll be interesting to see what he can achieve with the Gunners this season.

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