Arteta thinks the Dane will play a big part after scoring against Hull City.
Much to everyone’s surprise Nicklas Bendtner netted Arsenal’s opener in a 2-0 Premier League win over Hull City on Wednesday – the first the Dane has scored for the club since the 2010/11 season.
Bendtner is a much mocked figure at the Emirates Stadium after failing to impress following a move to the club in 2004, but vice-captain Mikel Arteta says the forward is crucial to their title bid.
“Every member of the squad is important and Nicklas is no different,” Arteta was quoted by the Guardian.
“He is an Arsenal player and while he is here, he is 100% here.
“I don’t think he will be thinking of doing anything different because he likes playing here.
“You are going to need everyone if you are going to achieve something.”
Bendtner and Mesut Ozil’s goals helped the Gunners to victory against Hull and the three points keeps the side at the top of the table.
It’s been a great year for Arsene Wenger’s team so far, but the likes of Chelsea, Manchester City and Liverpool are all running them close to the No.1 spot.
Question marks have been raised over whether the Frenchman’s side can maintain their early form due to a lack of depth in their squad.
Despite having an extremely talented bunch of midfielders’ available, up-front there are little options if there is an injury to Olivier Giroud – meaning if Bendtner can show good form it will ease some pressure on the France international.
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