Arsenal striker 'emotional' after return

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner was overwhelmed by the response from the club's fans as he made his first appearance for the north Londoners in over two years during Wednesday's defeat of West Brom.

Bendtner had not played a competitive match for the Gunners since August 2011, spending spells on loan with Sunderland and Juventus in the time since, but was drafted back into the first-team after failing to secure a move away this summer.

The 25-year-old Denmark international was awarded a starting berth at the Hawthorns in an Arsenal team brimming with academy products, and the youthful Gunners eventually secured victory via a penalty shootout.

Bendtner was impressed by the composure of the latest in an esteemed line of Arsenal youth products, and believes the supporters enabled them to progress into the next round of the Capital One Cup.

He also admitted to feeling 'emotional' at finally playing for Arsenal again, and was particularly awed by the reception afforded to him by the club's travelling support.

"Very emotional return, but what better way than with a win! Fans was absolutely incredible throughout the game and help us in difficult periods," he posted on Instagram alongside a picture of Arsenal captain Thomas Vermaelen.

"For myself I was very moved by my reception and hearing my song again made my heart skip! Young players did ever so well and kept there cool in a difficult penalty shootout. Respect! Skipper looking fresh!"

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