Nicklas Bendtner says he is working ‘tremendously hard’.
I am working tremendously hard and will return soon.
— Nicklas Bendtner (@bendtnerb52) September 11, 2013
Arsenal’s forgotten striker Nicklas Bendtner says he is working hard to return to action.
The Dane has spent the previous two seasons on loan at Sunderland and then Juventus, and last scored for the Gunners in March 2011.
But the club’s failure to sign a striker in the summer transfer window and an injury to Lukas Podolski has left boss Arsene Wenger with a shortage of back up for first choice forward Olivier Giroud.
To make matters worse, Theo Walcott, who can cover up front, limped off in England’s drab 0-0 draw with Ukraine on Tuesday.
Bendtner looked certain to leave Arsenal this summer after returning from an unsuccessful season-long loan in Turin but despite interest from a number of clubs in Germany and Crystal Palace, the Denmark international remained in North London.
The 25-year-old admitted he was ‘disappointed’ not to be allowed a ‘fresh start’ but says he is now focussed on returning to fitness and playing for the Gunners.
“It’s no secret that Arsenal and myself had agreed that I could leave the club during the 2013 summer transfer window subject to an agreement between all parties,” the 25-year-old said in a statement released by his management company.