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Nicklas Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner Profile

Born January 16, 1988
Copenhagen, Denmark
Position: Striker
Squad Number: 23
Previous Club(s) Juventus (loan), Sunderland (loan), Birmingham City (loan), FC Copenhagen
Arsenal Debut October 25, 2005

Danish forward Nicklas Bendtner returns to the first- team squad this season after spending the last two campaigns out on loan.

The talented striker was at Serie A side Juventus last term, where injuries limited his participation, and before that he spent 2011/12 with Premier League outfit Sunderland, scoring eight goals in 30 appearances for the Wearside outfit.

Nicklas joined Arsenal from Copenhagen’s youth setup in 2004, at the age of 16. Cutting his competitive teeth with a successful loan at Birmingham City, with whom he won promotion to the Premier League in 2006/07, he then graduated to the Gunners’ first-team squad and made a number of valuable contributions over the next few seasons. Particularly memorable was a dramatic derby-day winner over Tottenham Hotspur in December 2007, just seconds after coming on as a substitute, while a Champions League hat-trick against Porto in March 2010 was another highlight. His most prolific season to date saw him score 15 goals for Arsenal in 2009/10.

Nicklas started the 2013/14 season as the second top goalscorer in the Gunners’ first-team squad, closing in on a half century of goals for the Club.

Dominant in the air and equally adept on the ground, with a deceptive turn of pace and an ability to finish clinically, Nicklas is a full Denmark international with more than 50 caps and an impressive goalscoring record for his country. He found the net in both the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship.

Nicklas Bendtner's Arsenal Career

  Prem Lge Europe FA Cup Lge Cup Total
Season Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
2005-2006 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + 3 0 0 + 3 0
2007-2008 7 + 20 5 3 + 3 2 2 1 5 1 17 + 23 9
2008-2009 17 + 14 9 5 + 7 2 3 + 2 2 2 2 27 + 23 15
2009-2010 13 + 10 6 7 5 0 0 1 1 21 + 10 12
2010-2011 3 + 14 2 2 + 3 0 5 4 4 + 1 3 14 + 18 9
2011-2012 0 + 1 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 + 1 0
2013-2014 1 + 8 2 0 + 2 0 1 0 2 0 4 + 10 2
Total 41 + 67 24 17 + 15 9 11 + 2 7 14 + 4 7 83 + 88 47

My Year

  • 2013/14
  • 2012/13
  • 2011/12
  • 2010/11
  • 2009/10
  • 2008/09
  • 2007/08

August

Nicklas did not feature in August.

September

Nicklas returned to first-team action for the first time in two years in the Capital One Cup tie against West Brom. The Danish forward put in a battling performance against the Baggies and provided the assist for Thomas Eisfeld's goal. Nicklas was also one of four players to convert their spot-kicks in the shoot-out. "I'm a professional player. My job is to do the best for the Club. Even if I wanted to leave, I've still got a lot of feelings for the Club. It's not a difficult thing for me to come back," he said.

October

After returning to the first-team squad in September, Nicklas made four more appearances in October. The Danish forward started in the Capital One Cup tie against Chelsea and made second-half substitute appearances in the games against West Bromwich Albion, Norwich City and Borussia Dortmund.

November

Nicklas was restricted to just three appearances from the substitutes bench in November.

December

Nicklas scored his first Arsenal goal since 2011 with a bullet header after just two minutes against Hull. The Dane went on to make three more appearances from the bench in December. "It was a fantastic feeling [to score]," Bendtner said after the Hull game. "I think my celebration showed that. It was my first Premier League game this season - so I was very pleased that we won and I was very pleased with scoring in my first game."

January

Nicklas' month got off to a flying start when he scored a crucial late goal in the win over Cardiff. Unfortunately, he suffered an ankle injury in the process of scoring which kept him out for three weeks. The Dane returned to the team for the 4-0 win over Coventry City.

February

Nicklas made just one appearance for the first team in February, which came as a late substitute in the 2-0 win over Crystal Palace.

March

Nicklas did not feature for the first team in March.

August

Nicklas joined Juventus on loan until the end of the season.

September

After joining Juventus on loan, Nicklas made a solitary substitute performance for the Italian giants in September.

October

Nicklas began to establish himself in the Juventus squad during October, after initially struggling to break into the side. Bendtner has now made five appearances for the Italian side.

November

Nicklas scored in Denmark’s draw with Turkey, and continued to feature largely from the bench for Juventus.

December

Nicklas made three appearances for Juventus in December before picking up an injury.

January

Injury kept Nicklas out of action in January.

February

Nicklas is injured and did not play for Juventus during February.

March

Nicklas did not feature for Juventus during the course of March.

April

Nicklas did not feature for Juventus in April.

May

Nicklas made his first appearance of the year as Juventus ended their championship-winning season with a 3-2 defeat away at Sampdoria.

August

Nicklas featured for Arsenal just once during the month, replacing Theo Walcott as a late substitute in the defeat to Liverpool.

September

Nicklas joined Sunderland on a season-long loan deal. He featured three times for the Black Cats during the month, helping them to a thumping 4-0 victory over Stoke along the way.

October

Nicklas enjoyed a strong run of matches on loan with Sunderland during October, scoring Premier League goals against both West Brom and Bolton.

November

Nicklas was a first-team regular for Sunderland, playing three times for the Black Cats.

December

Nicklas was a regular for Sunderland during the month, scoring in the 3-2 win over QPR for his third Sunderland goal.

January

Nicklas played four times for Sunderland as Martin O'Neill's side continued in a good vein of form, but he suffered facial injuries against Swansea on January 21. "He's got a bit more than a broken nose. It's difficult to put a timescale on it, but it's going to be lengthy," O'Neill said.

February

Nicklas continued his rehabilitation from facial injuries, and made his comeback as a second-half substitute in Sunderland's 4-0 defeat to West Brom at the end of the month.

March

Nicklas hit top form for Sunderland in March, firing four goals in his five Premier League matches. He kicked off the month with a penalty in the Tyne-Wear derby before adding goals against Liverpool, QPR and Manchester City. "I've not thought about his future at all," said Sunderland manager Martin O'Neill. "I've not mentioned it to him, there's no point in putting pressure on anyone at the moment. He's played very well and may think that with that type of performance he's still capable of breaking into Arsenal's squad."

April

Nicklas made four appearances, scoring his eighth Premier League goal of the season in Sunderland's 2-2 draw with Bolton.

May

Nicklas ended his loan spell at Sunderland, making one appearance against Fulham during the month.

August

A groin injury kept Nicklas out of action in August.

September

Nicklas' groin injury also kept him out of action during the month of September.

October

Nicklas was not only fit for the first time this season but he and his manager believed the he was back to his best shape since last November. The Dane announced his return with the third goal of the 3-0 win over Manchester City when he slotted home after being played through by Samir Nasri. He scored for the second successive game when he fired home a spectacular effort at Newcastle in the Carling Cup to confirm his return to full fitness.

November

Nicklas continued to progress after his long-term injury as he made three starts and two substitute appearances throughout November. He ended the month on a high with a goal against Wigan in the Carling Cup.

December

Nicklas made just one start in December but did get on the scoresheet in the 2-2 draw with Wigan. The Dane went through an exciting time with his partner expecting a child and, despite his immediate concerns on spending time with his family, he set his sights on fighting for his place after Christmas and in the New Year.

January

Nicklas began to rediscover his best form despite being deployed as a wide man in the front three behind Robin van Persie. The Danish striker produced a moment of magic to break Ipswich's resolve in the Carling Cup Semi-Final second leg at Emirates Stadium, bringing down Jack Wilshere's raking pass and cutting inside a defender before curving a shot into the far corner. He also gave Arsenal the lead against Huddersfield in the FA Cup and then won a last-minute penalty that Cesc Fabregas converted.

February

Nicklas was mainly used as a substitute during the month of February, making two starts and four appearances from the bench. The Danish striker came off the bench in the 77th minute of a compelling first leg against Barcelona with Arsenal trailing to David Villa's strike. Within six minutes Robin van Persie equalised and Andrey Arshavin completed a stunning turnaround.

March

Nicklas fired his second hat-trick in an Arsenal shirt to help see off Leyton Orient at the start of the month. The Dane’s looping header doubled his side’s lead, his cross-shot made it three and Nicklas fired home his hat-trick goal from the spot. That treble earned him a start against Sunderland in the Premier League and he came of the bench against both Barcelona and West Brom.

April

Nicklas made three substitute appearances during April, coming off the bench against Blackburn, Liverpool and Tottenham.

May

Nicklas came off the bench in defeats against Stoke and Aston Villa.

August

Nicklas played in all five Gunners matches in August. He changed his squad number to 52, and in a gesture of goodwill to supporters, he offered to personally cover the costs for any supporter who wished to change their replica kit had they purchased his name with No 26 on the back this summer.

September

Nicklas started against Manchester City, Standard Liege and Fulham in September. He slotted home the goal that gave Arsenal hope on the stroke of half-time against Standard Liege. He was a substitute against Wigan and assisted the team's fourth goal of that game, crossing low to Cesc Fabregas at the near post. He missed the match against Olympiacos through injury. The striker also auctioned a pair of his famous pink football boots in September, raising £2,250 for Danish charity Børnecancerfonde.

October

Nicklas scored twice for Arsenal in October despite missing the win against Birmingham and trip to Alkmaar through injury. His first came in the last minute of the 6-2 win over Blackburn and his second ensured Arsenal's progression in the Carling Cup. He scored the winner in a 2-1 win over Liverpool but then limped off in the first half of the North London derby with a groin injury.


November

After being voted Danish Footballer of the Year, Nicklas underwent groin surgery and is expected to return midway through December.

December

Nicklas was sidelined throughout December after a further setback followed hernia surgery he had in November. "He had a hernia surgery and should be back from that already but he had a groin problem as well," explained Arsène Wenger.

January

After almost three months on the sidelines Nicklas returned to the Arsenal squad for the 0-0 draw at Aston Villa. He came on as a substitute in that game and the 3-1 defeat to Manchester United.

February

Nicklas started four times for Arsenal in February and scored twice, striking the opening goals in victories over Sunderland and Stoke City. The Dane told journalists that he wants to repay Arsène Wenger's faith and show the Arsenal manager that he made the right choice not to sign a new striker in January. "I have to show him he made the right choice," said Bendtner. "I'm sure he has and I've got to show it on the pitch."

March

Nicklas netted Emirates Stadium's first European hat-trick during March. The striker started all of Arsenal's fixtures during the month and netted three times against Porto. He also scored an injury-time winner as the Gunners beat Hull City 2-1. Midfielder Andrey Arshavin praised the striker's influence, saying his return from injury has helped the side. "His goals have been welcome," said the Russian. "He’s in good form and has shown that he has the instinct for a chance – not that many teams make as many chances as we do!"

April

Nicklas scored a last-minute winner after coming on as a substitute against Wolves. He also scored against Barcelona and Tottenham. In an exclusive interview with Arsenal.com the striker put his increased goals tally down to his move infield from the right flank. "I am playing my favourite role now as a striker," he said. "Not on the right as I did at the start of the season before my injury. I think that has meant a lot more goals for me."

May

Nicklas missed the final two games of Arsenal's season due to a groin injury. However, he was selected in the Denmark squad to travel to South Africa for this summer's World Cup.

August

Last season was Nicklas's first in the Arsenal first-team but the 20-year-old started his second campaign with the look of a seasoned professional. The Dane looked equally adept as a target man as he did with the ball at his feet and capped a number of head-turning performances in August with a goal against Twente.

September

Nicklas scored three goals in his five September appearances and agreed that he now feels more ‘part of the furniture’ this season. "It's true, the first season is an establishing season where you have to get used to everything," he told Arsenal.com on the 26th. "Whereas in this season I want to push on, to play more regularly and show people what I really can do, because so far what people have seen is far from everything.” The Dane struck in the 27th minute against Bolton before scoring the first two goals in Arsenal’s 6-0 Carling Cup victory against Sheffield United.

October

Nicklas continued his solid start to the season in October with outings against Sunderland and West Ham. The Danish striker missed the clash with Everton through injury and was on the bench for the Champions League tie with Fenerbahce and the month’s final fixture against Tottenham. Nicklas spoke to Arsenal TV Online during October and said: “I have matured a lot since last season and i want to become a regular here and help the team to win things. When you keep training hard you do improve and I need to improve on a lot of things.”

November

November was a busy month for Nicklas. The Danish striker took advantage of the missing players in Arsenal’s frontline, playing 90 minutes against Stoke, Manchester United and Manchester City. His highlight of the month came against FC Dynamo Kyiv on Tuesday, November 6 when he emerged from the bench to slam home a late winner, securing Arsenal’s Champions League qualification in the process.

January

Nicklas celebrated turning 21 on January 16th with a string of impressive performances - and goals - for Arsenal throughout the month. The Dane started three of the six fixtures and wasted no time in opening his 2009 goalscoring account, scoring Arsenal’s second in their 3-1 FA Cup victory over Plymouth on January 3rd. Another important goal was to follow a week later, when he emerged from the bench to score Arsenal’s late winner against Bolton. He made it three goals in three games on January 17, notching the Gunners’ third in their 3-1 victory at the KC Stadium.

February

In the absence of the injured Emmanuel Adebayor, Nicklas featured in every single Arsenal game in February. His highlights came against Cardiff when he headed home Arsenal’s second goal before setting up Robin van Persie for the fourth. On Friday February 27 Arsène Wenger said of the Danish striker: “I feel he is doing well. He is 20 years old, playing at the top level and creating chances. The problem at that level is if you don't create chances. He wants to work and he is becoming very professional.”

March

Nicklas started four of March’s six fixtures, notching three goals in the month. The Dane blasted two first-half goals in Arsenal’s 3-1 victory at West Brom in the first fixture of the month and headed Arsenal’s first goal at Newcastle in the month’s last match.

April

Nicklas proved his status as a vital squad member during the eight-game April. The Dane started three of the month’s matches and emerged from the bench in four others to ease the strain on Robin van Persie and Emmanuel Adebayor.

May

Nicklas only started one of May’s fixtures but marked the occasion with a superb brace. On Saturday 2nd Arsenal faced Portsmouth at Fratton Park. It took the Dane 13 minutes to open the scoring, rising highest to power a header past David James. He added his second from the spot five minutes before the break.

April

Nicklas crashed home the equalising goal against Liverpool, one of two for the month, and continued to improve, most notably with an eye-catching performance against Derby. He appeared in five games, scoring against the Rams.

March

A superb intervention late on in the match with Aston Villa got Nicklas’ month off to a flyer and he continued to make a positive impact when he was used. The Dane also notched for his country in the draw with the Czech Republic.

February

Nicklas featured in the final three games of the month for Arsenal and notched a goal while on international duty. The Dane seemingly benefited from a run in the side and was a threat throughout the draw with Birmingham.