Saturday, 26 February 2011

Bendtner: Arsenal is in my heart and it's always been the club for me

Nicklas Bendtner has pledged his immediate future to Arsenal but has revealed he needs to be playing games to develop as  a player.

The striker has been linked with a move away from the north London club in the summer after seven years with the Gunners.

Bendtner has started just 12 games this term with a further ten appearances as a substitute. In all competitions he's scored six goals.

Ahead of the Carling Cup final, he told the BBC's Football Focus:
"It can be difficult. My target is always trying to be a starter in the Arsenal team and before my injury I actually succeeded  with that and I played out on the right to tuck in behind van Persie at times.
"Before my injury I was playing every game and then that happened and it's taken a lot of time to get back.
"But I feel now I'm starting to feel where I have to be and start playing the game well and trying to demand a regular place with the way I play on the pitch.
"Arsenal is in my heart and it's always been the club for me. What I said is that if I don't play every second game, every game, you know you want to play the important games for my development and career it could probably be a set back and I think at the stage where I am now I want to be playing and I want to be the guy who scores the goals and wins the games."
The Denmark international is fighting for a place in Arsene Wenger's side to take on Birmingham City tomorrow afternoon in the Carling Cup final.

He could replace the injured Theo Walcott on the right of Arsenal's attack.

Of the game, Bendtner said:
"I think it's a massive game. Obviously the chance to win silverware for Arsenal is massive and we haven't won anything for a long time and I think it can be the platform for something great."

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