Arsenal's striker Nicklas Bendtner could never be accused of having a lack of confidence. The big Dane has always rated himself alongside the very best in world football and will look to prove that he can successfully fill Robin van Persie's boots as the Gunners chase silverware on three fronts over the coming weeks.
Bendtner realises this a defining period in Arsenal's season and acknowledges that for all the plaudits they receive for the beautiful football played, judgements will be made by whats resting in the trophy cabinet by May.
"At the end of the day, we know all of you guys are going to rate us on one thing (trophies) but that is what were trying to achieve," Bendtner said. "I believe it will be different this season. We have beaten some great teams and we are in amongst it for everything. I believe we have the players and mentality to create something special."
"We want to try and get our beautiful football into trophies."
Bendtner has started to find his form recently and believes he is getting back to his best following his hat-trick against Leyton Orient.
"I believe that Im getting back to where I belong, although there are still improvements to be made," Bendtner said. "I have been on a steadily improving curve over the past few weeks where I have been getting minutes and I feel that I am back now."
Marouane Chamakh was preferred in the central strikers role for the game but Bendtner stole the show demonstrating some clinical finishing to take his goals tally to 9 for the season.
Bendtner has his eyes on the central strikers role for Arsenal's next games against Sunderland and Barcelona although he is happy to play wide, if required.
"I am roaring to go out and prove my worth. All it takes is match practice to add the final touch, preferably in my favourite position. I play where the manager wants me to but I will not deny that I perceive myself as a central striker," he said.
Arsenal fans will be hoping he can do the business in van Persie's absence as the club face a season defining week.
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