Arsene Wenger has claimed that he believes Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner can be unstoppable ahead of his return to first-team action, reports Goal.com.
The 25-year-old is set to make Arsenal’s starting line-up for their Capital One Cup tie with West Bromwich Albion later tonight.
Bendtner has failed to make a single apperance in Arsenal’s first team for over two years -having had loan spells with both Sunderland and Juventus.
The Dane’s last goal for Arsenal came in a FA Cup tie against Leyton Orient back in March 2011 when he managed to score a hat-trick.
Wenger remains hopeful that the striker can provide competition for current main man Olivier Giroud who is set to be rested for tonight’s trip to the Hawthorns.
"He has shown a good attitude in training and good, hard work. The real response that he can show is on Wednesday night," Wenger said.
"He had nearly gone somewhere else and in the end he stayed because it didn't work out and we needed him here. Now he can convince everybody.
"We are open minded, we believe in his qualities. I personally believe in his qualities.
Wenger expects the fans to get behind Bendtner to help him to develop into a world class player in the near future, but has made it clear that only the player himself can help himself.
"I think our fans have a positive attitude towards Bendtner and they will be behind him.
"Only you can create that with your performances."
Wenger’s belief in Bendtner is likely to be the reason why he didn’t go all out to bring in a big name striker during the summer.
The boss signed 20-year-old French striker Yaya Sanogo for Auxerre during the transfer window but he recently picked up a back injury while with the France under-21’s national team.
Bendtner was part of the Juventus team that won Serie A last season - and will hope to help Arsenal emulate the Italian team’s success this season after a promising start to the campaign.
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