By Nick Teale
Nicklas Bendtner has put his increased goals tally down to his move infield from the right flank.
The striker's goals-to-games ratio for the season is better than in any previous term, having hit 11 goals in 28 appearances for the Gunners this term.
The Dane has scored eight goals in his last ten starts for the Gunners, meaning his tally for the season is now just four short of the total he amassed last year, despite missing almost three months due to a groin problem and hernia surgery.
Since returning to action as a substitute against Aston Villa in February, Bendtner has taken on the central role in Robin van Persie's absence. According to the 22-year-old, that has had a direct impact on his goals tally.
"Since my injury it has taken a bit of time to get completely over it and it seems to have settled down now," he told "I am playing my favourite role now as a striker, 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. If I had scored every goal that I missed against Burnley then my goal tally would mean I have scored two more goals than the games I have played since my injury.
"That would have meant a lot but things happen and as a player you have ups and downs and overall I am pleased."
Last week physio Colin Lewin told the Club's official website that Van Persie will return to full training 'imminently'. The Dutchman had scored eight goals in 15 starts for Arsenal before sustaining ankle ligament damage while on international duty with Holland.
His return to fitness will give Bendtner further competition for his place up front but the Dane is looking forward to Van Persie's return.
"When you play for a top club you want top competition and that is what we have here," he said.

"It will be great to have him back. He had a nasty injury and he has been working really hard in training to get back and if we can have him available for the last games - obviously being out for that long takes a bit of time - but if we can have him available it is a boost for us."

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12 Apr 2010