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Nicklas Bendtner ready to celebrate goal against Arsenal

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When a player returns to face their former club, there is always the awkward question of whether they will celebrate a victory or, worse yet, a goal.

Danny Welbeck was faced with that very decision when he scored against Manchester United in a 2015 FA Cup quarter-final while Emmanuel Adebayor had no problems celebrating a goal against the Gunners six years earlier.

For Bendtner, the stakes are certainly lower. He did not make the impact he wanted at the Emirates, falling short of the lofty expectation he set for himself. The Dane is likely to get a warm reception from the travelling Arsenal contingent on Tuesday night, reflecting their lukewarm feelings towards him.

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Similarly, they will unlikely begrudge him the chance to celebrate should he score against them in what is a low-stakes tie for Arsene Wenger's men. And that is fortunate because the man himself admits he plans to celebrate should the seemingly impossible happen at the City Ground.

Speaking to BBC Radio Nottingham, Bendtner revealed that while some players don't celebrate and some go crazy, he plans to land somewhere in the middle of the pack.

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Ready to celebrate

"I’m really looking forward to a great match in a sold-out stadium, I’m sure there’s going to be a great atmosphere," he said.

"The focus is purely on getting the win for Nottingham Forest. It’ll be a tough game against a strong Arsenal side but we are very confident.

"I will celebrate if I score tomorrow night but I won’t go crazy. I have a lot of love and respect for Arsenal as a club.

"I want to look to the future not the past. I know I haven’t yet fulfilled my potential but now is the time to move forward.

"We are underdogs tomorrow and we have to be at our best to stand a chance. But we are ready and we know anything can happen."

Weak side

Nottingham Forest will fancy their chances purely because Arsenal are likely to field a weakened side ahead of their crunch clash with Chelsea next Saturday. 

David Ospina, Rob Holding, Kieran Gibbs, Lucas Perez and Chuba Akpom will all hope to play while Gabriel Paulista could make his return from an ankle injury. The Brazilian, who has yet to convince a large portion of Arsenal fans, will be charged with the task of stopping Lord Bendtner.

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