Bendtner keen to stake a claim

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Nicklas Bendtner hopes to give Arsene Wenger a selection headache by proving himself worthy of leading the Arsenal attack in the absence of injured Emmanuel Adebayor.

With the Togo striker set to be sidelined for around three weeks because of a hamstring problem suffered during the goalless draw at Tottenham, Bendtner could be handed an extended run in the side.

"Of course, chances for me have improved with someone else out injured, but I still hope that he (Adebayor) will be back soon, as we need him in the team," Bendtner told Danish newspaper BT.

He added: "I still feel that when I play my best, I should start, regardless of who is fit or who is injured.

"I have the same attitude every time, and each game I try to prove that I should start."

In the absence of Adebayor, Bendtner should expect to start in the FA Cup fourth-round replay against Cardiff at the Emirates Stadium next Monday, when Wenger is likely to give some of his fringe players another chance to impress.

However, the tie will not mark the anticipated debut of new signing Andrei Arshavin.

The Russian forward is ineligible after only completing his protracted transfer from Zenit St Petersburg on deadline day, after the first match against Cardiff.

Emmanuel Eboue will serve a one-match suspension after his dismissal on Sunday, but there is a chance striker Eduardo could feature having been named among the Arsenal substitutes at White Hart Lane for the first time since breaking his leg almost 12 months ago.

The Brazil-born Croatia international has joined up with Slaven Bilic's national squad ahead of the friendly against Romania, in which he should get a taste of competitive action.

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