He’s confident. He’s tall. He’s strong. He wants to be the best striker in the world. He’s Nicklas Bendtner. Is he Arsenal’s title saviour?
Bendtner has always been vocal about his belief in his own capabilities, never one to shy away from proclaiming that he is hell-bent on becoming one of world’s best. When the transfer window was still open, Wenger was asked whether he would dive into the market to find a replacement striker in view of Robin Van Persie’s long term injury. The boss’ answer was simple, that depends on the injury update pertaining to the other striker in the squad. Now the boss could’ve easily said the same of Eduardo or Vela or Walcott, but the only one he did mentioned was Bendtner.
Bendtner has already scored 27 goals from 52 starts for Arsenal. 15 of those goals alone coming from last season. Unfortunately this year his goal tally stands at the measly figure of 3, one a piece from the league, Champions League and League Cup. However that is not down to his gameplay but due to injury. The last game he actually featured in before his return at Villa Park last week was in late October when he hobbled off in the early minutes of the North London Derby.
If he is fit enough, then he should without a doubt starts this Sunday’s game at Chelsea. His presence offers some sort of a variant in terms of the attacking option that Arsenal have available to them. With Nasri, Rosicky and Arshavin as the attacking trio, our attacking pattern is easily recognised as all three prefers to attack infield with the ball. Nasri and Rosicky are similar type of players that thrives on having a central striker of who they can play the ball to. Someone who can hold the play and allow them to get into spaces behind the opposition’s defense.
With Bendtner in the side, another one who could benefit from it is Theo Walcott. The 20-year-old Englishman has now returned from persisting problem with regards to his shoulders and will look to kickstart his season to ensure that he gets on the plane to South Africa. We know that Theo loves to run the channel and at every oppourtunity wants to get behind the left or right back. But once he gets into those positions (past the first player), he can sometimes choose the wrong option. If played together with Bendtner, Theo will know that if he crosses the ball high into the box, there’s a fair chance that the Danish player can get his head to the ball. Alternatively, any upfield ball from defense or midfield that is aimed towards Bendtner also allows Theo the chance to get to the flick on and possibly with a clear run at the opposition goal.
With a goal every 3 games that he plays for Denmark, there’s no reason why Bendtner can’t flourished the same way for Arsenal. His presence up front against the likes of Terry and Cavarlho cannot be any worse than what Arshavin can do. Worse come to worse, he can always use his big frame to put off John “English Tiger Woods” Terry.
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