Nicklas Bendtner believes his understanding with Andrey Arshavin is good news for Arsenal ahead of the Carling Cup Final.

The Danish striker and his Russian team-mate are hoping to force their way into the side to face Birmingham on Sunday - and their chances have increased now Theo Walcott has sadly been ruled out through injury.

If he and Arshavin do get the nod, Bendtner is confident they can click when it matters most.

"We have had a good involvement together," Bendtner told the Official Matchday Programme.

"We get on very well and are good friends, and since he arrived here we have always played well alongside each other.

"If you look back, we’ve set quite a lot of goals up for each other all the way through. Even against Orient, I played him in a few times and we combined nicely.

"Andrey is very easy to click with, because he has such good passing and vision."

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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