Arsene Wenger has praised Nicklas Bendtner for his performance against Hull City last night, stating he still has belief in the Danish striker to do well this season.
The 25-year-old scored two minutes into his first start this season with the north London club, after returning from his loan move at Juventus. The Dane netted a towering header which connected well with Carl Jenkinson's sublime cross.
Arsenal went on to win the game against Hull City 2-0, with Mesut Ozil grabbing the second, and making it four wins on the bounce for the Gunners in all competitions since their 1-0 defeat to Manchester United.
"He has the stature, he has good technical quality, he has quite good pace. We had him at 15 or 16 and I asked him to sign a long term deal twice, so I have always believed in his qualities," the Arsenal boss said.
Bendtner had his most successful time while he was on loan at Birmingham City in the Championship, were the young striker made an impact with the Blues supporters, scoring 11 goals in 42 games.
Returning to Arsenal the 25-year-old played 97 games in four seasons for the north London outfit, but only scored 22 goals.The Denmark international then spent a season on loan at Sunderland where he impressed again; scoring eight times in 28 starts.
But last year, the Gunners reject's career stalled as he rarely played any football. Having been loaned out to Juventus the Danish striker started just two games and never scored a goal for the Serie A champions.
Since his return to Arsenal the striker has only made one other start for Arsenal, and he didn't impress, but Arsene Wenger stated he deserved his chance against Hull.
"It is a gamble if a player hasn't played football in a long time, and his last performance wasn't impressive against Chelsea, but he worked hard in training, and deserved a chance."
Arsenal have been struggling to find strikers this year as Olivier Giroud is their viable option to lead the line. Bendtner is currently the Frenchman's only replacement, with Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo both out injured.
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