Why Nicklas Bendtner's showdown with Arsenal in two weeks will be hilarious

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During his time at Arsenal, Nicklas Bendtner was often the butt of the joke - the Danish striker's lack of quality and penchant for missing big chances making him something of a laughing stock at the Emirates before he finally left in 2014.

Two years without the 28-year-old's unpredictability in their life is a long time, but Gooners might not have to wait too much longer to 'enjoy' Lord Bendtner once again after it was confirmed today that he has joined Nottingham Forest - their upcoming opponents in the third round of the EFL Cup.

Let's face it, given his track record during his time on the pitch for Arsenal, appearing against them provides the opportunity for either calamity, comedy or - hopefully - both.


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On the one hand, if Bendtner is selected to play against his former club on September 20, it provides the opportunity for Arsenal fans to watch the striker safe in the knowledge that an (almost inevitable) fluffed chance or poor decision could actually benefit their team this time around.

Considering the Danish forward hasn't actually played a competitive game of football since he left Wolfsburg way back in April, the chances of him being in red hot form are slim at best.

Known for something of a care free attitude, you have to question whether the big man will be in peak physical shape for the encounter, too.

If Arsenal fans were wondering whether to bother tuning in for the third-round tie versus Forest, the chance of seeing an out-of-shape Bendtner strutting his stuff for the opposition must be enough to convince them.

Especially if Lucas Perez is given the chance to get a run out and show what an Arsenal forward now looks like.

Last laugh

There is, of course, the chance that it is Bendtner and Arsenal's rivals who are the ones laughing in a few weeks time.

The former Gunner - who scored 24 goals in 108 appearances under Arsene Wenger - could ultimately now play a part in inflicting what would be an embarrassing defeat for Arsenal if he were to step up and score the winner.

The north London club were dumped out of the league cup by Championship opposition last season in the form of Sheffield Wednesday, but suffering the same feat at the hands of a man long ridiculed by their fans would leave them red-faced, and Spurs fans laughing into their pints.

Whatever happens on September 20, if Bendtner is on the pitch at the City Ground, it will definitely be worth watching.

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