Arsene Wenger says that he hasn’t necessarily closed the door on Nicklas Bendtner returning just yet, with the Arsenal manager singing the praises of the on-loan striker.
Bendtner made the move to Sunderland this summer on a season-long loan, and has continually insisted he was happy to leave the Emirates in pursuit of regular football.
But Wenger believes that Bendtner may still come back to Arsenal when his loan finishes, if he can display the top form that he's often spoken about.
“In our job, you never say never," he said. "You do always what is right for your club. If it is right for the Club to get Nicklas Bendtner back, the Club will do it.
“I know Nicklas very well. I like him as a player. I know as well that he likes to talk but that is part of his personality. You will never get that out of him.
“It will not only depend on us, it will depend on him. But we are not there yet – there is a long way to go. He is at Sunderland for the season – we wish him well. It is important he plays, he has quality and he must show that."
Arsenal were reportedly hoping to sell Bendtner over the transfer window, but a permanent deal couldn’t be agreed to over the striker.
And while Bendtner is still on the wage bill at Arsenal, Wenger will continue to consider the 23-year-old as a possible asset for the club.