Having not started a game for Arsenal since March 2011, Nicklas Bendtner’s performance in the Capital One Cup drew some praise from manager Arsene Wenger.
The Dane, looking like a wilderness forager who had been living on raw bear flesh (and lots of it), put in a good shift up front and created Arsenal’s only goal of the night with a slide-rule pass to Thomas Eisfeld in the second half.
Although his place in the team came down more to circumstance than anything else, Wenger spoke highly of the man who is currently the second highest overall goalscorer at the club and suggested there might be more to come from him.
“Overall I think he had a good game for a guy who has not played for such a long time on his own up front,” he told the press after the game.
“He did very well. I believe for Nicklas Bendtner the most important thing is to stay fit physically and after that he has the talent. In England you know him well. For him it’s important that he’s consistently present and he works hard physically because he has the top qualities.”
Despite some contentious times over the last few seasons, Bendtner got a warm reception from the travelling fans who sang his name throughout and Wenger said, “The fans were absolutely fantastic. Even when West Brom came back to 1-1 they encouraged us and they encouraged Nicklas.”
Bendtner himself took to Instagram to post another ludicrously hilarious picture and said, “Very emotional return, but what better way than with a win! Fans was absolutely incredible throughout the game and help us in difficult periods.
“For myself I was very moved by my reception and hearing my song again made my heart skip! Young players did ever so well and kept there [sic] cool in a difficult penalty shootout. Respect!”
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