By Richard Clarke
Arsène Wenger has praised Nicklas Bendtner’s confident comeback.
The Danish striker has been in the Arsenal side for a few weeks now but has only just regained full match-fitness after surgery on a hernia.
It has been argued that the tall 21-year-old is exactly the type of physical presence that Wenger’s side have been missing since Robin van Persie got injured in the middle of November. Bendtner proved that against Sunderland on Saturday and grabbed his second Premier League goal of an injury-hit campaign. Afterwards his manager suggested the striker had the temperament to fulfil a vital role for Arsenal in the title run-in.
"He has common sense, accepts observations and tries to use them in a positive way,” said Wenger. “He has a good team attitude.
"He is quite confident, I must say. But that’s not a bad thing for a striker. There's nothing wrong with it as long as you're able to prove your confidence on the pitch.
“And just because you're confident doesn't mean you don't need encouragement from others on the pitch.”
Wenger baulked at comparisons with the leading striker from the other title chasing sides – Wayne Rooney and Didier Drogba.
“He's 21-years-old and with different qualities. He's very strong, is 1.94m tall and very intelligent. He can improve a lot but how much he can improve is down to how hard he will work
“He had a good game on Saturday in fairness to him and we hope that we will click in the final third. We have Arshavin coming back, Diaby coming back, Bendtner in good shape and Walcott in good shape.
"It will be very important from game to game now that everybody is available".Copyright 2013 The Arsenal Football Club plc. Permission to use quotations from this article is granted subject to appropriate credit being given to www.arsenal.com as the source 22 Feb 2010