Arsene Wenger to give Bendtner opportunity

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is prepared to offer Nicklas Bendtner the opportunity to claim a place in the first team before he decides whether to go in for a new striker in the January transfer window.

Over the summer Arsenal were linked with many high-profile forwards including the likes of Liverpool's Luis Suarez and Chelsea's Demba Ba as well as Wayne Rooney, but failed to complete any deals.

As a result the Gunners look short on players to lead the line - with only Olivier Giroud to call on with any confidence - and many suspected Wenger would be eyeing up a big move come January.

However Wenger has insisted that he will give Bendtner a chance to shine and may not need to buy in the new year.

"I will wait until December to see what we need in the squad," Wenger said.

"We have spoken about Bendtner, [Yaya] Sanogo and Giroud. If the three do well, I am in no need of buying another striker."

The 25-year-old Bendtner appeared to have played his last game for Arsenal having been sent out on loan to Sunderland and Juventus in the last two seasons.

But having failed to secure a move away from North London the Denmark international may yet prove himself at the Emirates.

"It is a fantastic opportunity for him," said Wenger.

"Honestly, he was supposed to go but he stayed and once he did, you have to consider him as a full member of the squad. If he deserves to play in front of Giroud, he plays in front of Giroud. It is as simple as that.

"He will be in the squad against West Brom (for a Capital One Cup clash on Wednesday) for sure.

"He is not a bad boy. He is a good guy. He lost his way a little bit, he took the easy path, but there are some instances in your career when players think this is the moment for them. He has got the message."


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