Nicklas Bendtner wanted to leave Arsenal

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has admitted he wanted to leave the club over the summer but thanked fans for their support after his return to the first team.

The Danish striker made his first Gunners appearance in two years the other night in League Cup action against West Bromwich Albion where he created an assist for teammate Thomas Eisfeld and converted his spot-kick in a penalty shootout victory.

Having spent the last two seasons on loan spells with Sunderland and Juventus respectively it looked as though Bendtner would leave the Emirates Stadium.

However with big money deals for Luis Suarez and Gonzalo Higuain falling through and injury to Lukas Podolski, Arsene Wenger was forced to call off the Dane's switch to newly promoted Crystal Palace on transfer deadline day.

The 55 cap international is expected to provide back-up to the only other remaining senior striker- the in form Olivier Giroud.

The striker spoke to on his return: "Even though I wanted to leave, now that I'm here, I don't feel bad about it. I'm quite happy still and I still have a lot of good fiends in the team.

"I know the Club inside out so the transition period is not going to be huge because I know the way we play and the way everyone thinks.

"To get back into the team is just a matter of fitness and playing 120 minutes, which I did on Wednesday and didn't expect after being out for a while. I was very pleased with that.

"I'm just going to crack on now, keep working hard and get back to full fitness to help the Club achieve the goals they want."

After the fans positive reception, Bendtner commented:"Hearing my song again made my heart skip.

"It was just the feeling I had, being back in the shirt and playing.

"The fans giving [me] that reception, I didn't expect that. It made me very emotional. I think that's the only way really to explain it.

"I'm not a guy who feels a lot of things and talks about my feelings and stuff like that but I felt something when that happened and that's very unusual for me. I felt I needed to say it.

"It makes a huge difference [having the fans' support]. It's something I would have thought about because in the whole transfer window situation, no one denied the fact that I was trying to leave. The boss also said that they were happy to let me go.

"Then a lot of things happened, a lot of things got turned upside down. In football you can never say never. I ended up being here.

"I'm a professional player. My job is to do the best for the Club. Even if I wanted to leave, I've still got a lot of feelings for the Club. It's not a difficult thing for me to come back."

The striker could make his 100th Premier League appearance for the north London club when Arsenal travel to Swansea City tomorrow.

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