Piers Morgan: Arsenal are never going to win the league like this

Arsenal supporter Piers Morgan was not impressed with the re-emergence of Nicklas Bendtner from the bench against Manchester United.

It wasn't quite an infamous 'Wenger Out' message from Arsenal's most controversial fan, but an overwhelming sense of negativity took over Piers Morgan's Twitter feed midway through the second half.

What prompted it? The introduction of Nicklas Bendtner of course.

Danish striker Bendtner is not a popular figure among the club's support, especially after comments published ahead of the game in a Danish newspaper.

He said: "Everything was in place for me, there were three clubs that were just waiting for me to say 'yes please' to them, I was very disappointed when he [Wenger] phoned because I was ready to move on. I didn't actually think that they wished to keep me."

Bendtner was brought on in the 78th minute for Santi Cazorla to offer a goal threat, and tactically with Arsenal and Bacary Sagna especially posing danger through crosses, it could have been a surprise masterstroke from Arsene Wenger.

Instead the closest Bendtner got to scoring was half-heartedly stretching out a leg with the ball already past him from a late cross, and he was entirely ineffective.

Morgan's complaint is regarding Arsenal's clear lack of strength in depth in the striking department, which is making Bendtner an option in the first place.

The good news is Arsenal CEO Ivan Gazidis declared in an interview at the weekend that the club would be striving to sign a striker in January to support Olivier Giroud.

Arsenal do, contrary to Morgan's moans, have considerable strength in depth in most areas. Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are all yet to return from injury - with Walcott and Podolski to be ahead of Bendtner in the queue for a striking role.

Arsenal can win the league, they just need to get to January in a healthy position before signing reinforcements, but they already have enough in reserve that they should not worry until then, and one loss should not change that.

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