Arsenal’s 2-0 defeat to Chelsea on home soil on Tuesday night highlighted the lack of real strength in depth in Arsene Wenger’s squad, with centre forward a key area of concern.
Olivier Giroud has been the first-choice striker this term, and the France international has been getting the goals to fire the north London side to the top of the Premier League table.
However, the problem is that Wenger has no real proven options as back-ups to the former Montpellier man, with Dane Nicklas Bendtner next in line.
The former Juventus loanee’s time at the Emirates Stadium looked numbered, but with the failure to bring in a viable option in the January transfer window, Wenger must now rely on Bendtner.
The Scandinavian put in an underwhelming performance against Chelsea in the Capital One Cup in midweek, and was replaced by Giroud as the hosts chased the game.
Despite the question marks over his ability, Bendtner has stated that he is intent on working hard and helping Arsenal in their quest for honours.
“At the moment I'm doing everything I can to help the team win trophies, as we all are,” he said.
“I've always had strong feelings towards the club and respected the club and that's something I will never lose.
“I'm still here, I'm not sad about it. I don't regret it. I'm here, part of the group and as professional as any other player.
“That's not just words, you can see it in my matches, in my training and in my commitment.”
With Arsenal being linked with a host of strikers and Wenger thought to be ready to add to his contingent in January, Bendtner most likely has until the end of the year to win over his manager and the club’s fans.
The Scandinavian has a solid history at international level, but his scoring record at Arsenal has never been anywhere near prolific.
With a lack of faith from the fans, it appears that this will be the player’s final campaign at the north London club as more suitable options for Wenger are brought to his disposal.
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