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Bendtner: Arsenal showing title quality

December 5, 2013
By Kevin Palmer, ,

Nicklas Bendtner believes Arsenal confirmed they boast the squad strength to mount a serious title challenge after a much-changed line-up strolled to victory against Hull on Wednesday.

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Bendtner was given his first Premier League start for the Gunners since March 2013 and responded with a well-taken goal after just two minutes as Arsene Wenger’s side strolled to a 2-0 victory.

On a night when Wenger made five changes to his team and handed chances to some of his fringe squad players, Bendtner believes they came through the test of their strength in depth with flying colours.

Nicklas Bendtner first goal Arsenal vs. Hull
GettyImagesNicklas Bendtner marked a rare Arsenal start with a goal.

“It’s been difficult for the players who have not been in the team because we have had such great form and the players who have played have been magnificent,” Bendtner told Arsenal Player.

“The way we play now, it looks like everyone who comes in takes it in their stride and goes for it. There were a couple of changes for this game and everyone did well.”

Wenger suggested after the game that Bendtner could have a big role to play in Arsenal’s push for a trophy in 2014, with the famously confident forward echoing that sentiment ahead of upcoming games against Everton, Napoli, Manchester City and Chelsea.

“It was my first Premier League game of the season, so I was very pleased that we won and very pleased that I scored on my first game,” he added. “It was a fantastic feeling. I think my celebration and my way of cheering for the goal was a show of that.

“We know this is a very hard period coming up, but we are very much looking forward to it. We need everyone to focused and sharp.  Let’s try and get the points on the table.”


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