By Declan Taylor

Arsène Wenger does not believe that Nicklas Bendtner has been rewarded for his hard work yet this season but is adamant that the striker will “come good”.

Absentees from the Arsenal frontline earlier in the campaign have helped transform Bendtner from impact substitute to regular starter but he has struggled for goals recently. The Danish international has just one Premier League goal to his name all season and he has scored only once in all competitions in over 11 hours of first-team football.

However, Wenger is sure that if the 20-year-old continues to put the work in he will get his just desserts.

“I believe that at this moment he puts a lot of pressure on himself and he does not play with enough freedom,” said the manager ahead of Saturday’s trip to Middlesbrough.

“I am sure he works harder than ever in training and that will come good but at the moment he does not get rewarded for the kind of pressure he puts into his training.”

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12 Dec 2008