Nicklas Bendtner believes he is in the best shape of his life and he wants to show everyone what they’ve been missing.

Persistent groin problems meant Arsenal fans didn’t see the Dane for large parts of the last campaign and the injury meant the 22-year-old had not featured at all this season.

That was until he came off the bench in the 2-1 win over Birmingham City on Saturday. Now Bendtner insists that all he needs now is minutes under his belt to regain match sharpness.

“I would say I’m in the best physical shape ever,” he said. “It’s definitely my intention to come back very strongly and show everyone what they’ve been missing.

“Obviously the final little bit of sharpness you can only get in games, but apart from that I feel strong – and all that I’ve done physically, the running and everything, is so much sharper.

“My body’s sharper in general and I think my age has to do with it because you’ve grown more into your body when you’re 22, and it’s better than when you’re 20. I can see that I am physically in better shape, and that’s how I feel too.

The striker admits it has been frustrating not being able to help his team – and now he wants to make up for lost time.

“I picked up the injury at Spurs last season and since then there’d always be a little problem.

“I want to be here, score all the goals I can and help the team win in every competition we enter. I’ll be doing everything to contribute at my highest level.”

This interview first appeared in the Official Matchday Programme. You can subscribe to the Matchday Programme by calling 08700 20 20 20.

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