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Bendtner declares himself fit

It's been 4 months since a crocked Bendtner left the pitch playing for Denmark against Japan in South Africa. He hasn't played since but in the last month the groin injuries that have plagued him since a car crash a year ago have now finally disappeared he claims. So much so that he feels he was only a few days short of being able to turn out for Denmark in the Euro qualifiers this week.

"I would not reasonably be able to go back to try to play matches [for Denmark] without being ready for my club first. It's going really well, but I am annoyed because I just needed to be ready one week earlier" he said.

The Danish striker, who scored 8 times in 13 starts after a long injury lay off last winter, is excited at the prospect of being able to play after another enforced break.

"It is quite amazing. I reckon I'm probably right to be involved in the fight on Saturday for Arsenal - and I am excited" Bendtner told reporters.

"I thought ideally that I should play one or two reserve games first, but I am in such good shape that it is not needed. Now I'm physically ready, and when I sign ready for my manager Arsene Wenger, I'm sure that I'll also be included in the squad."

Since van Persies injury we've depended on Chamakh playing the lone forward role which he has done pretty well but while it will take Bendtner still sometime to regain macth fitness we do at least have the opportunity to vary our attack a little more with his return - if only on the bench for now.



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Writer: Amos Mail feedback, articles or suggestions

Date:Wednesday October 13 2010

Time: 8:29AM

Your Comments

i think he is a similar player to chamak, maybe a bit of competition in the squad could do us good, especially when rvp is coming and going, we need a constant stiker threat. although he'l probs get injured anyway
goonard
Nice to see you fit again Nicky but don't get too happy we certainly won't. You are classified as injury-free when you have managed to play two games or more without an injury 'relapse'. That's just the way at Arsenal. Sorry but you're still injured Nick.
gronedrone
bendtner will lose the competition to play though, hes not as good as chamakh and with rvp due back soon i think wenger will prefer van persie and chamakh up front. Besides wenger could play arshavin as a supporting striker for chamakh and theyd do better than having nick playing up front, he cannot beat the competition in the squad
superkieran
it means chamak must keep at his best football or else bendtner will replace him. i think bendtner still has sumthing to show 4 us
goonard
he declared himself fit, thats all you want, he is shocking even hythe town would say no to a free transfer for him
big ash
I don't believe it is as cut and dried that Bendtner will lose his place to Chamakh. Lets not forget that we can thank Nicky for single handedly carrying our goal threat at the end of last season as well as scoring numerous winning goals. he has managed double figures for the last 2 seasons, despite being blighted by injury, being 3rd or 4th choice in attack and having the crowd on his back. He is young and is only getting better, put him up for sale now and most of the top clubs in Europe would be inline for his services. No one works harder at Arsenal or is stronger in the air. Right now I would say Chamakh is more a polished player but Bendtner has more potential. That's my two penneth anyway.
LondonGooner
 

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