Fresh from scoring his first Premier League goal for Arsenal since the Wall Street Crash in 1929, Nicklas Bendtner praised Carl Jenkinson’s slick assist and joked that he’d told his teammate pre-game that he should aim to deliver balls to the back post.
The Danish striker took only two minutes to open the scoring against Hull City last night, powering home a header from inside the six-yard box after a great cross by the right-back, to quash panic about his inclusion in the starting line-up instead of Olivier Giroud.
Speaking to Arsenal Player after his decent shift up front, the 25-year-old beamed: “It was a fantastic feeling [to score], I think my celebration showed that.
“It was a fantastic cross. I just said to him ‘Carl if you get chance put it to the back post’ and it happened to be on the first ball so it was quite funny. We had a little laugh about that.
“It was my first Premier League game this season – so I was very pleased that we won and I was very pleased with scoring in my first game.”
While he’s still a long way from challenging Olivier Giroud for a regular starting berth, Bendtner insisted that Arsenal’s current form and confident style of play is making it easier for other squad players to step up when called upon.
“It’s been difficult for the players who have not been in the team because we have had such a great form and the players who have played have been magnificent. This way we play now, it looks like everyone who comes in takes it in his stride and goes with it. There were some changes but everyone did really well.”
Adding to his comments in the press conference last night, Arsene Wenger heaped further praise on Bendtner for the way he delivered the goods last night.
“I told him ‘if you work hard you will get a chance’ and at some stage [Olivier] Giroud needs a breather as well. It’s good to see that we can rely on him and he can come up with a performance.”