By Chris Harris

Nicklas Bendtner is on a high after scoring the goal that propelled Arsenal towards the Carling Cup Final.

The Danish striker produced a moment of magic to break Ipswich's resolve in the Semi-Final second leg at Emirates Stadium on Tuesday, bringing down Jack Wilshere's raking pass and cutting inside a defender before curving a shot into the far corner.

Arsenal went on to secure a 3-1 aggregate victory and set up a Wembley showpiece against Birmingham on February 27.

Bendtner's future has been the subject of media speculation this season, thanks largely to the intense competition for striking places in Arsène Wenger's team. But the Dane insists his commitment has never wavered.

"I’ve always been faithful to the Club and to the fans and the manager and I’m sticking with that," said Bendtner.

"I have a lot of feelings for this Club and I have been here for a long time. It’s pleasing to show the manager, every time you play, that you are ready and he can have confidence in you.

"I’m looking forward to it [Wembley] so much, it will be the first time for me to [have a chance to] win a trophy and some of the other lads. We will do anything we can and give 100 per cent to win that."

Bendtner only has eyes for Huddersfield right now as another road to Wembley continues with a Fourth Round tie at Emirates on Sunday. But when the Carling Cup Final homes into view he thinks it could be a catalyst for greater success.

"Yeah, definitely. It’s the start of something bigger," he said. "If we win that it will give not only a confidence boost, but a trophy which is something we haven’t had for a long time. It can spark confidence in the other matches, especially against Barcelona.

"We’re thinking about that but we also have an important game on Sunday. When the Final does come up, that’s all we will be thinking about. But now we are just taking it one game at a time."

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29 Jan 2011