PHOTO: Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner spends 8 hours training alone in bid to reverse fortunes

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner is determined to improve his own personal fortunes.

Nicklas Bendtner may have had a surprisingly good end to 2013, reclaiming a place in the Arsenal side, but his 2014 has been near calamitous.

It started healthily enough, with an important goal on New Year's Day against Cardiff City, but after being injured while finding the net, his career has taken a backward step.

He recovered to find young striker Yaya Sanogo was ahead of him in the pecking order, and even chosen to start a crucial Champions League game despite never scoring for the Gunners.

Bendtner then got into trouble with manager Arsene Wenger for making an unauthorised trip to Denmark, during which he made the headlines for all the wrong reasons.

While the Gunners were losing 3-0 to Everton at the weekend, Bendtner was nowhere to be seen, later tweeting that he had been undergoing treatment on another injury.

He is however stepping up his comeback, revealing on his Instagram page yesterday that he had spent eight hours training on his own in an effort to get back to top shape, posting the accompanying message: "8 hours training done. Hard work and dedication"

Whether Bendtner even plays again this season for the Gunners remains to be seen. Only five league games remain, plus an FA Cup semi-final and potentially a final.

He has played just six minutes since New Years Day, a cameo appearance against Crystal Palace in January, but Arsene Wenger has shown in the past he is now afraid to spring a surprise if he feels it necessary.

Apart from rescuing the club from their malaise, the Dane has every personal motivation to get fit. Despite not having a World Cup to look forward to as Denmark failed to qualify, Bendtner is out of contract in the summer and will need to be a full fitness to persuade teams to take him on as a free agent.

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