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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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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Tuesday November 10 2009

Time: 11:20AM

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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
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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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.
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10/11/2009 19:07:00

bendy?? ffs, how very apt for you nikola!! danish player of the year?? what a state they must be in then,he's not a good player at all, a right merchant.!!
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10/11/2009 21:03:00

On the subject of players improving. Who do you feel is the most improved player right now, althogh there is Eboue, Sagna, Gallas, Bendtner or even Diaby I feel Song has improved immensely and we will miss him during the ANC what do you think?
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10/11/2009 21:19:00

"danish player of the year?? what a state they must be in then." Ask Ronaldo (and Carvalho, Deco and Ferreira for that matter springy) and Portugual what a state they are in, given that Denmark qualified comfortably above them in their World Cup Qualifying group.
Little Dutch
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11/11/2009 08:07:00

It's such a Shame that he's got injured just when he was starting to show us what a good player he is. I hope that he fully recovers soon!
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11/11/2009 09:20:00

Oh dear bouncy, I thought we'd established a long time ago that you don't do humour?! This after all is a man so stupid that every time he opens his caveman mouth homophobic comments drool out, but one of his all time musical heroes is renowned bisexual Lou Reed!! What a confused little grunt is bouncy.
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11/11/2009 12:01:00

I can just imagine bouncy's feelings of confusion as he drawls his way through 'Andy's Chest.'
Little Dutch
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11/11/2009 13:19:00

Don't go there LD - he'd be heartbroken enough finding out that that 'Walk on the wild side' aint about going on safari!
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11/11/2009 13:37:00

Honestly i think that this is a good thing and you guys highly over rate this kid. and i think its ridiculous how if he was fit, better players would be on the bench while i have to watch this guy have "give the ball to the other team" competitions with fkn Diaby. Honestly, we've got great players on our team, Bedtner isn't one of them.
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12/11/2009 00:51:00

Of our current squad, only van Persie outscored him last season, so who are these attackers who apparently are being left behind because of Bendtner?
Little Dutch
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12/11/2009 08:04:00

You don't have to over rate the player in order to appreciate the improvement in his game over the latter part and beginning of this season. I would have thought the haste with which we have written off young players in the past only to be proven wrong would have encouraged a more positive view of where his development could lead him.
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12/11/2009 08:30:00

Exactly, havent we learned anything from Song, Denilson, Eboue? Although this logic is particularly difficult to apply to Diaby, its a lot easier to see why Wenger persists with Bendtner.
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12/11/2009 08:34:00

Eduardo didn't play a PL game last season and Arshavin played half a season. I wouldn't pick Bedtner over either of these. Also playing the 4-3-3 i'd pick rosicky or nasri to go into one of the wider posistions anyday over Bedtner. They are better players gel a lot better into our style of play. One of the things that makes us such effective passers is we don't hold onto the ball for a very long time before releasing it. Bedtner tries to do too much and take it on too much himself. I know there's a difference between appreciating improvment and over-rating, and i stand by my original comment of thinking you guys over-rate him. BUT! Thats my opionion and neither you or i am Arsene Wenger and i'll continue to trust his judgment. I just don't think Bedtner is very good at all, and i've only ever heard Arsenal fans say he is. I think Song and Denilson showed a lot more potential (and still do) then Bedtner. As for Eboue, i think after regaining my trust he's taken a backwards step as of late. He's been getting over-confident and make a lot of mistakes again.
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12/11/2009 11:27:00

That's a side to Bendtner's game which I think has improved massively. It was particularly noticeable in the Spurs game that his control was excellent, he was releasing the ball quickly and then moving. I'd put Bendtner and Eduardo on an equal footing, both give us different options which can be useful at different times, depending on what the situation calls for. If we were scrapping for a late goal, I'd plump for Bendtner in truth, I think Eduardo needs to find his feet in a game. But overall, he's a good option to have and has qualities that our other strikers don't bring.
Little Dutch
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12/11/2009 11:36:00


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