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Nicklas Bendtner a changed man

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Nicklas Bendtner believes the birth of his son has helped changed him as a person.

The Arsenal striker believes he has returned to the club as a more mature individual following the birth of his child and his experiences away from club that he signed for as a 16-year-old.

"First of all I had a baby, which changed me a lot," Bendtner told Arsenal's official website. "I think a lot of people say that you have babies and they change you but for me I could really feel a big difference to my life."

The 25-year-old spent last season on loan in Italy with champions Juventus, and he believes time spent abroad also aided in his growth as a person and a player.

"Being abroad showed me a lot of different things and different aspects of how to live and how to cope with problems and things like that. I think that has given me a lot a a man," he added.

Bendtner is often considered an overly-confident, almost arrogant character, although the Dane says the general perception of him is wrong.

He also feels some of his past comments have been misinterpreted. Many point to the wide belief that Bendtner once said he was the best striker in the world, although the striker says this wasn't what he meant.

"I basically said that I think anybody who plays football in the world would love to be the best. I think that's a normal statement and that got [changed] to me saying that I was the best player in the world," he concluded.

"I don't know where that came from. I still listen to it now and again and still see it. If people want to believe that, then that's that.

"I try to do my best and that's basically all I can do for my family and my friends and everyone around the club."

The Dane came off the bench at the weekend in Arsenal's 1-1 draw against West Brom, and will be hoping for more opportunities as the season progresses at the Emirates Stadium.

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