By Richard Clarke

Arsène Wenger believes Nicklas Bendtner was the victim of a ‘set-up’ this week.

Hours after Arsenal’s Champions League exit, the Danish striker was pictured coming out of a nightclub and being bundled into a car with his trousers falling down in the process.

His manager admits to being unhappy at the incident and has fined the player. But, at his pre-match press conference, Wenger was quick to point that action was taken because Bendtner had gone out – not because of the specific nature of the photographs.

“I was angry,” said the Frenchman. “But he has been set up.

“People make the story that he was drunk. He was not drunk. He did not put his trousers down, somebody did it for him and somebody was posted there with a camera.

“I fined him not for that. I fined him because he should not have gone out.

“But he's 20 years old and, in fairness, what I like with Bendtner is that he is honest enough and fair enough and intelligent enough to realise he made a mistake.”

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8 May 2009