Nicklas Bendtner believes his recent appearances on the right flank have improved him as a footballer.

The Danish international has emerged as one of Europe's most promising young centre forwards but, in recent weeks, he has popped up on the wing to good effect. Bendtner netted a late winner after replacing Emmanuel Eboue against Bolton last month and grabbed another goal after coming on at Hull City a week later.

Although Bendtner is not a natural winger, playing on the right allows him to attack crosses from the left flank and run at defenders from a deeper position. The Dane is happy with his contributions in his unfamiliar role.

"I had never played there before," he told the Official Matchday Programme.

"Obviously it's not my favourite position but I'm happy to do a job there if the boss asks me to. When I look back though I think I have done quite well there so it's been good for me, it's helped me develop as a player.

"Good players can always play in different positions. It's similar to playing as a second striker, but a bit wider."

Bendtner was on target in the FA Cup replay against Cardiff on Monday - his ninth of the campaign - and now has his sights set on Burnley, Arsenal's Fifth-Round opponents. The Dane played when the young Gunners slipped to a Carling Cup defeat at Burnley in December and hopes to make amends at Emirates Stadium next month.

"To be honest what happened in the League Cup against Burnley was bad," he said.

"I was very disappointed with myself after that game. I had three clear chances from which I should have scored two, if not three. When your finishing is not as good as it should be it annoys you, especially when we have six or seven one on ones and don’t score any of them.

"But we know it will be a different game if we play them again. It will be a new game and if we get the same chances I'm sure we'll put them in this time."

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18 Feb 2009