Arsenal striker Bendtner will look to prove himself to four former team-mates on Friday

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Can Nicklas Bendtner get the one over on four of his former Juventus team-mates on Friday?

Nicklas Bendtner has recently had several reasons to celebrate. The Danish striker has had it tough in recent weeks and months - but so far October has been good to him.

He recently made his comeback for the Arsenal first-team, which would have been a good month in itself - but he has also returned to the Denmark fold - after his suspension for drink-driving came to an end.

He has also invented a new hairstyle … ok, maybe not.

But overall October is treating the Dane well - and he is all set to feature in some part for Denmark against Italy this Friday.

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Now this should be an interesting meeting, as for Bendtner to have any real impact he will have to do some serious damage to his former team-mates of last season.

Bendtner spent 2012-13 on loan at Juventus - where he was team-mates with Andrea Pirlo, Leandro Bonucci, Giorgio Chiellini and Gianluigi Buffon.

Now while Pirlo and Bendtner should only briefly cross paths - he could very well be up against the other three in question for the entire game.

Bonucci and Chiellini will be trying their utmost to stop him getting through to shoot at Buffon’s goal - so for Bendtner to make a genuine impression on his international return, he is going to have to outdo his team-mates from last year.

Buffon recently spoke warmly of Bendtner in a TV interview before the game at the Stadio San Paolo this week - but during Bendtner’s time in Italy he found himself the butt of many a joke.

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He was often labelled fat by the Italian media - and, sort of, by his own physical team at Juve. The fact he didn’t score a single goal for the club in the entire season was also something they find highly amusing.

While Buffon, Chiellini and Bonucci may not be taking him lightly, the Italian public most definitely are, as his injury ravaged and unsuccessful spell in Turin does not leave a spectacular image in their memory.

Bendtner will now hope to silence those critics by getting one over on his former, if not brief, team mates.

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