Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner can be unstoppable if his attitude is right, according to his manager Arsene Wenger.
The Danish striker, who was expected to leave the Emirates Stadium in the summer, is set to play against West Brom in the Capital One Cup third round tonight after impressing in training - and Wenger has urged him to seize his chance.
“He has responded with a good attitude in training and good, hard work,” Wenger was quoted as saying by the London Evening Standard. “The real response that he can show is at West Brom."
Bendtner was linked to several clubs during the summer transfer window after spending last season on loan at Juventus, including Crystal Palace, but the Gunners failed to strike a deal.
“He had nearly gone somewhere else and in the end he stayed because it didn’t work out and we needed him here," Wenger continued. "Now he can convince everybody. We are open minded, we believe in his qualities. I believe in his qualities. It’s just down to attitude and fighting spirit. When he has that, Nicklas can be unstoppable. He gets his chance. His job is about that.
“Fans forgive you everything as long as you produce the performances on the pitch. That’s what people want. I think our fans have a positive attitude towards Bendtner and they will be behind him. Only you can create that with your performances.”
Arsenal supporters have not always been vocally supportive of the 25-year-old, who arrived at the club as a youngster in 2004.
In 157 appearances for the club he has netted 45 goals, but has spent the last couple of seasons away from the Gunners on loan at Sunderland and then Juventus, where he failed to score in 10 matches.