If you'd suggested Nicklas Bendtner would be EA SPORTS Player of the Month after the first game of March, you would have been put firmly in your place.

But a week, let alone a month, is a long time in football. No sooner had the big Dane squandered a host of chances against Burnley, he was propelling Arsenal into the Quarter-Finals of the Champions League with a hat-trick against Porto.

Nicklas followed that up with a vital last-gasp winner at Hull City and he led the line impressively for the rest of March as Arsenal stayed on track in the title race.

In a close race for this particular prize, the 22-year-old received 33.1 per cent of the votes cast, edging out Cesc Fabregas to end the captain's run of five consecutive Player of the Month awards.

Sami Nasri finished third after scoring arguably Arsenal's two best goals of March - that solo effort against Porto and a long-range strike at Birmingham.

Player % of votes
Nicklas Bendtner
Cesc Fabregas 26.3
Samir Nasri
Others 17.9

Andrew Neely from Belfast in Northern Ireland has won the chance to present Nicklas with his award before the Manchester City game on Saturday, April 24. Andrew will also receive two tickets to the match.

"He has proved that he can mix it with the big boys," said Andrew. "He's still young and is still learning - he can only get better."

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8 Apr 2010