Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has threatened to quit the club if he is not given playing time.
Marouane Chamakh is leading Arsenal’s front line and scoring goals as well but Nicklas Bendtner thinks he is in the best shape of his life and deserves to start for Arsenal.
Bendtner has just returned from a long groin problem. He was injured since the World Cup and has made five substitute appearances with no starts. Bendtner scored against Man City in the League and Newcastle in the Carling Cup and is confident if he is given the chance he can prove himself again. He said in an interview to a Danish newspaper that ” I am wasting my time on the bench” suggesting he could look elsewhere for first-team football.
But Wenger knows that it’s the confidence of Bendtner that has caused him to say this and he has to be a bit patient.
“Have you ever seen a player who is on the bench and not frustrated?” said the Arsenal manager. “When you try to convince a player that he has to be patient, then you waste your time, but that is what you have to do. You ask a player if he is fit after two training sessions and he says ‘yes’. That is normal. I was the same.
“I have been very pleased with Nicklas’ attitude and spirit. He has to continued to work, and when he is completely match fit he will play. I can understand because he has put a lot of effort in. Now he has to be a little bit patient. Nicklas has a good level of confidence and that is not bad, but you have to justify it on the football pitch. He is getting sharper in training. He will play games. But we are a big club and we have big strikers – you cannot start the season with one striker. You decide and, unfortunately, you can only play 11.”