Mikel Arteta has praised Nicklas Bendtner for his goal against Hull saying the striker has been working hard to win a place in Arsene Wenger’s side, and also stressed the importance of the entire squad as the team challenge for the title this season.
The Spaniard is, as always, the voice of reason, and while Bendtner still has much to do to convince many, the Lego-haired midfielder was happy to talk up his teammate in the wake of his midweek header.
“He deserves it,” he said. “He has been working really hard. He joined us in pre-season and was rewarded today. He got the chance and got a very good goal.
“The squad players can contribute and help the team be successful. Every member of the squad is important and Nicklas is no different. He is an Arsenal player and while he is here, he is 100% here.
“I don’t think he will be thinking of doing anything different because he likes playing here.”
Arteta was also positive about being part of a squad in which there is genuine competition for places.
“I think it is great. Everybody has to be on their toes and everybody feels important. You are going to need everyone if you are going to achieve something.
“The Christmas period is going to be massively important but with the quality, the ambition and the togetherness that we have I think we are in a good position.”