2. Nicklas Bendtner the goal machine
Nicklas Bendtner offered a fleeting glimpse to his potential with a fine performance against Italy.
The Denmark international scored both goals as his country drew 2-2 with Italy, and his brace ought to have won the game as only an injury time strike from former Liverpool man Alberto Aquilani salvaged a point for the Azzurri.
Both goals scored by Bendtner were headers, beating Gianluigi Buffon in the Italian goal, and his aerial ability is a great strength for the 25 year-old – particularly as Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger likes a tall and physically strong player to lead his line.
Olivier Giroud is a great example of that, and if Bendtner can develop the same hold up play and finishing ability as the Frenchman, there could be real competition for the centre forward place in Arsenal’s line-up.
Bendtner has shown great desire to work his way back to full fitness, and many fans of Arsenal were surprised to see him play 120 minutes against West Bromwich Albion in the Capital One Cup, and score a confident penalty.
The Danish football association banned Bendtner for six months due to a drink driving incident, but the Arsenal man now says he has grown up.
Perhaps he will yet prove himself for the Gunners.