Arsene Wenger has revealed he blocked Nicklas Bendtner's potential move to Crystal Palace because of a lack of options up front.
Bendtner has not featured for Arsenal in over two years after being loaned out to Sunderland and Juventus in previous seasons.
It looked certain that the Danish striker would finally seal a move away from the Emirates this summer and a deal to move to Crystal Palace was close to completion.
However, Wenger had to block the move after a loan deal for Chelsea's Demba Ba fell through at the eleventh hour.
Arsenal have only one proven striker in Olivier Giroud in the squad at the moment and Wenger admits he blocked the move for Bendtner due to lack of options.
He told Arsenal Player: "I had a chat with him because I blocked his move. I wanted him to stay in the end because I felt that we were short up front, that Yaya Sanogo might need a few months to adapt.
Bendtner seemed to have cut all ties with the club after announcing he had no plans to return to the club in 2011 when he left for Sunderland.
He is now back in the squad and Wenger believes he can help the team win things if he gets in to the right state of mind.
He said: "As well as that Nicklas Bendtner, with the right state of mind and the right focus, has the quality to help the squad to win things.
"He is an honest guy. We want complete commitment and focus from him and he promised that.
"Nicklas Bendtner, with complete focus and commitment, will be a very strong player in our squad."
The 25-year-old is currently in his native Denmark on an intensive training regime after returning to the club unfit for first team action. Wenger said that he will be back with the team within two weeks.
When asked how long Bendtner will be training alone he said: "Certainly one week, if not definitely two."