By Chris Harris

Nicklas Bendtner's storming return to first-team action has exceeded even his manager's expectations.

The Danish striker scored for the second successive game in midweek, firing home a spectacular effort at Newcastle to confirm his return to peak condition after nearly a year of groin trouble.

Bendtner did of course play during that time - scoring some vital goals to keep Arsenal in the title race last Spring - but only now are we seeing the best of him, according to Wenger.

"It is surprising how fit he was [against Newcastle]. He has worked extremely hard," said the manager.

"We have not seen the real Bendtner since Tottenham last October, when he got a big problem with his groin. He played at the end of the season and at the World Cup but it was not Bendtner at full power because he was not right with his groin.

"This is the first time I have seen him again completely right, so in the next three or four weeks you should see the real Nicklas back."

Bendtner could add to his club comeback with a return to international action when Denmark take on Czech Republic in a friendly in Aarhus on November 17. And Wenger would have no complaints if the Danish striker is called up.

"He is ready for the national team," said the Frenchman. "The problem for Aaron Ramsey for example is to get used to contact again and co-ordination on the pitch, but for Bendtner there is no danger.

"He is fit, in the next two or three weeks, you could say it would do him some good to get a game."

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29 Oct 2010