Arsenal fans react on Twitter to news Bendtner will start...

Nicklas Bendtner Arsenal

Arsenal have handed a first Premier League start of the season to Nicklas Bendtner.

Arsene Wenger said he would be making changes for tonight's match with Hull, but the one fans probably didn't want him to make has become reality.

Nicklas Bendtner starts up front.

We realise Olivier Giroud needs a rest from leading the line all season long, and the Gunners have a bunch of important games coming up this month, but is it really wise to gamble on playing the Danish international in his place?

Bendtner has been poor in his few opportunities this season, but putting their title challenge in the hands of a player who openly admits he wants to quit the club is certainly not ideal.

Wenger in fairness has very limited options, Lukas Podolski and Yaya Sanogo are still injured - but could Theo Walcott not have led the line in his place?

Walcott instead makes the bench, but a position up front could have been ideal for him to feed off the service of Mesut Ozil.

Arsenal's starting line-up is below:

Szczesny, Jenkinson, Mertesacker, Koscielny, Monreal, Flamini, Ramsey, Rosicky, Cazorla, Ozil, Bendtner

Subs: Fabianski, Vermaelen, Gibbs, Arteta, Wilshere, Walcott, Giroud.

It is a total of 1,005 days since Bendtner last started a Premier League game for Arsenal, and he will hopefully at least realise this is a chance for him to put himself in the shop window.

Opposition manager Steve Bruce is a boss who knows him well, having managed the striker at Sunderland on loan and was even linked with bringing him to Hull. Bendtner now has a chance to make him regret not going through with the move.

Here is a look at how Arsenal fans reacted to the inclusion of the controversial striker ahead of the game, with the striker instantly trending on Twitter:

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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