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:
If we put a swimming pool behind the goal perhaps Bendtner will show some urgency in trying to get to it...— LadyArse (@LadyArse) December 4, 2013
When I heard bendtner is starting 2nite pic.twitter.com/gWIpSL86me— BIAFRAN-NINJA (@Kayseeeeeee) December 4, 2013
Funny thing is, if it goes well for Bendtner tonight he could become some sort of weird cult hero. If it goes badly, however...— gunnerblog (@gunnerblog) December 4, 2013
Rumours are bendtner is starting today's match as the mardrid and barca scouts have flown in especially to watch him play— Simran Virk (@simrankaur_4) December 4, 2013
Bendtner may be dross, but he is still our dross. Today he needs support, not our mockery. Don't pretend you won't cheer if he scores. #AFC— Stuart (@The_Benevolent) December 4, 2013
Bendtner starts, Giroud needed a rest but we should have used someone from reserves. #AnyoneButBendtner— Kush Vashee (@kush_v11) December 4, 2013
True test of how good Özil is tonight, he has to try and set up Nicklas Bendtner...— Niall Lawn (@NiallLawn) December 4, 2013
Come on you Gunners!!!!! Bendtner it's time to prove everyone wrong! You have my full support.— Bee (@Bureemi) December 4, 2013
Bendtner starts? So we play 10 against 11? Dear me.— CHiNAYDU #NBL (@ChinayduUgonna) December 4, 2013
Ozil will be assisting Bendtner. I would have sent you to a psychiatrist if you had told me this last season.— Wenger's Nose (@wengerisarsenal) December 4, 2013
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