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Bendtner: We Can Play Together

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner insists a upfront partnership between himself and Adebayor can, and does work.

Much has been made if their similar styles, but the Danish frontman is positive it works.

'People keep saying we are too similar in style and things like that. But I think it can work just fine,' he said in The Sun.

'We combined for a goal against Aston Villa earlier this month. And I think it went quite well when we played Wigan.

'We found each other a few times - though it wasn't easy on that surface! I think it's good for me to be able to help the team in whatever way I can.'

Bendtner also expressed how vital it was for this Arsenal team to push on and grab some silverware after 2 barron seasons.

'This season it was very important for us to show everyone that we are at the top of English football.'

'That's where we belong and where we have always belonged. If we can carry on now and get a trophy, it will be fantastic.'

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Writer: Rocky7 Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Thursday March 20 2008

Time: 10:37AM

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I think they can Bendtner Playin really in the penalty area and Ade switching on to the wings
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20/03/2008 10:47:00

When Ade and Bendtner play together, they have an aerial threat. I don't the reason they can't work together is because they are so alike. Fab and Flam are becoming alike in their styles of play but they can still play together. From the Birmingham game, I remember that Ade just wouldn't pass to Bendtner, and, had he done so, they would've scored another goal. That was probably due to Ade wanting to add to his goal tally, because I don't think Bendtner would have done the same. Yes, they can work together. But when they don't, I don't think due to their similarities as players.
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20/03/2008 12:15:00

They're actually not really similar, not to the Rooney-Tevez extent. Ade likes roaming around while Bendtner is slightly more like a traditional centre forward. But we've been using Ade to lead the line because we have no experienced CF. Style wise, it's possible for Bendtner to play the big guy role up front, Ade as a 2nd striker as he's more mobile and better in link-up play. But Arsene was hesitant to do that as the starting line-up (until a few weeks ago when injuries really took their toll) because Bendtner was/is not ready to start and lead the line as the 1st man up front. Given time, it might work. But in reality we've been using Ade as the big guy up front and he's used to leading the line, so it seems like they're similar and not as complementary as they actually can be.
Lou the Gunneress
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20/03/2008 19:01:00

I understand your point Lou, because Bendtner should theoretically be our CF with Ade as second striker. The main reason I feel they're alike is because when they play to together I feel they happen to fill the same role of CF, rather than the Ade-RvP pairing with van Persie being our second striker. However, as you mentioned, it is probably down to the fact that they have both been used as the man up front this season and so when they play together there is no clear 2nd striker. I agree that, with time, they can better complement each other with Bendtner taking the CF role.
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20/03/2008 21:47:00

Yeah I know what you/many of us mean when we say they're similar too. They're both big boys, with good skill and aerial threat and all that. While Bendtner's more of an out-and-out striker, Ade with all his work rate and link-up ability enjoys the Bergkamp role (which RvP, Hleb and Rosicky like and to a lesser extent Cesc and Diaby have tried on a makeshift basis too). It's just a matter of how we use Ade. If he's deployed as the 1st man up front, which has been the case, he's doing Bendtner's job with a bit more drifting wide and roaming around. But if we use him as a 2nd striker (kind of like how he worked off Thierry in some occasions last year), he could be like a RvP/Hleb doing link-up work in that hole. For Ade and Bendtner to not look similar, we need them to play different roles. That's what I thought was the key to this. But as it stands, I still think Ade as the big man up front plus RvP in the Bergkamp hole is the best combo we have. We can try Bendtner/Theo and Bendtner/Vela in next year's CC. (Mouth-watering.) Sorry for being long-winded. :P
Lou the Gunneress
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20/03/2008 22:32:00

Lets face it, they don't like each other. And Bendtner is not as good as RVP. It's not exactly hard to pick your forward line when all of your players are fit. Bendtner doesn't impress me to be honest, I just think his attitude is all wrong for someone of his age.
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