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Bitter Sweet for Bendtner

Bitter Sweet for Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner must be cursing his poor fortune at a time when his star seemed to be in the ascendency.

The former target of Arsenal boo boys who joyously, and ultimately ironically, chanted for the introduction of Adebayor while Nicklas was having a particularly hard time of it in a home game against Villa earlier last season, has been voted Danish Player of the Year. Sadly, he has also learned that he has to undergo surgery to resolve an injury exacerbated in the recent 3-0 rout of Spurs.

At the time Wenger said that the injury was a serious one that would keep Bendtner out for 4 weeks. Some reports claim it`s a hernia operation and we may not see him until the new year but others claim that the 'minor` surgery to be undertaken in Germany will not affect the original prognosis. As yet there hasn`t been a clarifying statement from the club. Bendtner is quoted as saying 'I will have an operation. I don't know how long I will be out.'

Bendtner finished last season strongly having scored 15 goals in all games and has so far notched up 3 goals in 8 starts this season.

Last month George Graham professed his surprise at the progress Bendtner has made this season. "The surprising thing in the games I`ve seen was playing Bendtner wide right," said the former Arsenal Manager "Bendtner`s done very well on the right side of the pitch, especially with injuries to Walcott and Rosicky, so there are players who have improved a lot more than the fans expected."

Though we have players like Eduardo, Walcott and Vela all of whom play an attacking role Bendtner offers something different in terms of physical presence that, at different times, maybe we`ll miss a little until his return.

"I played him against Tottenham because he is strong in the air," Wenger explained.

"It gives us more variety in our games because we can lose possession, yet still win the next header with Bendtner. He makes us dangerous at set pieces and so we can change our game a little bit."

Let`s wish him a swift and successful recovery.

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Date:Tuesday November 10 2009
Time: 11:20AM


He's certainly come on in leaps and bounds though I won't say I'm surprised about it. I've always seen something in this lad, I think his self confidence is a massive factor. He has the ability to forget mistakes quickly, which is crucial for a young player and that is down to self belief not shared by previous prospects such as Manninger and Senderos. It is also that self belief and acknoweldgement that he required improvement that allowed him to shuffle aside the boo boys last season without too much fuss. I've heard from several different sources that he is the best trainer at the club, which will explain why Wenger perservered with him when he wasn't playing well this time last year. When Wenger sees something in a player you really should tend to trust him, which is why, though the guy infuriates me at times, I won't write Diaby off just yet.
Little Dutch
10/11/2009 11:33:00
Howsit going all, been a while! I think Bendtner is a bit of an enigma when it comes to the fans perception of him as he often does a good impression of Bambi on ice with a first touch like he has wooden boots on (pink wooden boots of course!) then the next minute he is thuindering a header from 12 yards out after some swonderful link/approach play that setr up the full back to provide a cross. There just never seems to be enough of one or the other with him (IMHO) to fully make up my mind about him. I see the potential, I see the massive standing leap and work rate he has, I also see the Eboue/Diaby like flaws in his game as well. Lets hope he is back and fully fit for the hectic xmas period and proving the "fence sitters" one way or the other.
10/11/2009 12:23:00
Ditto everything LD said. BTW, at the time Nick got all that flack for wearing those pink boots, Ribery was doing the exact same thing (with the same boots) at Bayern--it was part of a promotional gimmick. Today the official site says Nick has had a groin injury and will be out 3-4 weeks. Despite the frustration he can bring, I still have faith in Nick. I'm a fence-sitter re Diaby but with Nick, I sense he'll come good.
10/11/2009 13:52:00
Damn shame. He was rockin this season - just getting in to the flow of it as well. Get well soon lad, with enough hard work you can be a beast up front.
10/11/2009 13:57:00
He seems to be a bit of a love 'im hate 'im player. I think he's could be brilliant but can understand some peoples frustrations with him (although he didn't deserve the stick he got last year). Diaby is a total confidence player. He has all the attributes but rarely puts them all together at once. I remember a couple of years ago he was hitting rasping shots from 25 yards and didn't give the ball away anywhere near as much.
10/11/2009 14:01:00
YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! THE OLD SITE IS BACK!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!. dont bring back the so called "new and improved" site. i dont like change so i plead that u that u keep this version. afterall they say old is gold.
10/11/2009 16:05:00
Hate to disappoint you, akenyangunner, but this change is only temporary. The new design will be back online soon.
10/11/2009 16:44:00
There is no comparison between Bendtner and Diaby at the moment. I'm very comfortable with the idea of Bendtner in the starting 11. He contributes a lot to build up play, but also does his defensive duties well. The kids got a fantastic attitude. He had a stinker of a 1st half against Pool in the CC, and came back well in the 2nd with a goal. Thats the belief that LD is referring to.
10/11/2009 16:57:00
Yea, I agree Prits. You can tell if Diaby is gonna have a shocker in the first 10 minutes. Bendtner has the strength of character to drag himself up a level within a game.
10/11/2009 17:59:00
I think Bendy is still getting used to the new system we're playing him in, right of the front 3 still isn't ideal for him. Having watch him play for Denmark a few times I had to rub my eyes to check it's the same lad, the whole Danish team seems set up to work around him and most things are created through him. I think unusually there is less pressure for him at international than club level too given our home crowds' often impatient petulance.
10/11/2009 19:07:00
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