By Chris Harris

Nicklas Bendtner says Arsenal were rewarded for sticking to their footballing principles against Wolves.

The Danish striker was in the right place in the nick of time to head Bacary Sagna's cross past Marcus Hahnemann at Emirates Stadium on Saturday to keep Arsène Wenger's side in the title race.

Bendtner is becoming a dab hand at popping up with stoppage-time winners - he did the same at Hull last month - and he praised his team-mates for persisting with their brand of passing football as they tried to break down a stubborn Wolves defence.

"We knew Chelsea had won 2-1 [to go six points clear of Arsenal]. But we kept composed to be honest and kept trying to pass the ball around," said Bendtner.

"We didn't hoof the ball or anything. Wolves like to take three minutes every time they have a throw in and three minutes every time they have a goal kick.

"It was very frustrating when you are trying to play football. I don't know if it was a tactic. But we got what we deserved in the end [because] there was still a lot of time to be added on.

"They wasted a lot of time and never really had any chances to have a go at us. We kept creating chance after chance and got what we deserved in the end, which was a victory."

Bendtner's goal against Wolves was his 10th of the season - not a bad return for a player who spent three months on the sidelines. It was also Arsenal's third stoppage-time winner in just six Premier League games and the Dane puts that down to the belief and character within Arsène Wenger's squad.

"A last minute winner is good," he said. "We have to think of a game lasting 90 mins and it very important to keep going for 90 minutes. The belief and character we have showed in all the games is why we have got so many goals in the late stages.

"Wednesday [against Barcelona] was up in the sky and we had to get down for a totally different game. But the most important thing was to get the three points and then think about Barcelona on Tuesday.

"Don't forget we could have won 2-0 in the last minute [against Wolves]. It was four against one and I don't know how we didn't score. But these things happen and the main thing was we got three points. Nothing else mattered."

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4 Apr 2010