Nicklas had much to celebrate at the end of September. The Dane scored a fine header in the 2-0 win over Newcastle in the Carling Cup, his first competitive goal for the Club. He was praised by fans and the manager alike for his all-round performance in the Newcastle game, and was rewarded by Arsène Wenger with a place in the squad for the trip to West Ham. He also featured for his country over the international break


Nicklas returned from his successful loan spell at Birmingham in the close season and earned himself a place in the squad for every game in August. The Dane came on against Fulham and Blackburn, offering the Gunners another outlet up front. He also represented his country in their 4-0 defeat against the Republic of Ireland, hitting the crossbar.


Nicklas played six games and notched one goal in December as he continued to impress on loan at Championship leaders Birmingham City. His strike came in the first match of the month, a 3-0 win at Plymouth, and the Danish striker went on to appear in wins over Preston, Sheffield Wednesday, Southend and QPR before ending the year with a full 90 minutes in the 2-2 draw with Luton.


Nicklas missed some of October after picking up an injury playing for Denmark but still enjoyed a good month on loan at Birmingham. The prolific striker played 82 minutes in a 1-1 draw with Leicester but was ruled out for the defeats against Luton and Norwich. He returned in a 1-0 win over Derby and played 90 minutes before coming off the bench to score the decisive goal in the shock 4-2 Carling Cup win at Sheffield United. He then played another 90 minutes in a 2-0 win over West Brom and ended the month by hitting two winners in a week against Derby and Coventry.


Nicklas was in good scoring form for Championship side Birmingham in September. He hit the decisive goal in the 2-1 win over Hull but was dismissed in the 2-0 win over QPR. He was suspended for the 2-2 draw with Ipswich but came back in and scored in successive games against Wrexham and Leeds United. He ended the month by playing the first 82 minutes of a 1-1 draw with Leicester.


Nicklas made a flying start to his loan stint at Birmingham City, scoring the winner in the opening-day win over Colchester United before repeating the feat against Crystal Palace. The Dane started four games and made one substitute appearance during August.


Nicklas started four reserve games during March, scoring against Crystal Palace, Southampton and Charlton. An injury to Arturo Lupoli saw Nicklas link up well with new strike partner Anthony Stokes.


Nicklas started all three games for the reserves in February against Portsmouth, Chelsea and Tottenham.


A fruitful month for Nicklas saw him play 90 minutes in the Carling Cup win at Doncaster Rovers. After replacing the injured Robin van Persie just after the half-hour mark, Nicklas looked threatening both in the air and on the deck and had a goal-bound effort cleared off the line. The powerful front-man also started the Reserves' 2-1 win at Watford during December.


Nicklas played in both Reserve games in November and his partnership with Arturo Lupoli continued to blossom. He made his second first-team appearance for Arsenal as a late substitute for Quincy against Reading in the Carling Cup.

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13 Feb 2008