Bendtner backs himself as top Gunner

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Nicklas Bendtner does not believe Andrei Arshavin's arrival at Arsenal has dislodged him as the club's top striker - but admits he never saw the Russian play before his move to the Emirates Stadium.

The Dane is likely to play a prominent role for Arsene Wenger's team over the coming weeks after Emmanuel Adebayor was ruled out with a hamstring injury.

"I should start every game, I should be playing every minute of every match and always be in the team," he told the Daily Mirror.

But regardless of the Togo striker's misfortune, or the presence of the talented Robin van Persie and Arshavin in the Gunners squad, Bendtner insists he should be considered the north Londoners' best frontman.

"I'm very sorry to see Adebayor injured as we need him fit and to be playing in the league," he added.

"But it does not really matter to me who is fit and available.

Arshavin became one of the hottest properties in football after his brilliant performances at last summer's European Championships with Russia.

His signing earlier this month was seen as a major coup for Wenger and the Gunners hierarchy, but Bendtner admits he had no idea what all the fuss was about.

"I've never seen Arshavin. I did not watch Euro 2008. I've no idea what sort of player he is." he said.

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