Arsenal wait on Nicklas Bendtner injury scare

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Denmark maintain it is too early to say whether Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner's ankle injury will prove serious.

The 23-year-old hobbled out of today's training session in Helsingor and needing ice packed onto his ankle before being taken back to the team hotel.

Along with Bendtner, Nicklas Pedersen and Simon Kjaer also picked up knocks.

Denmark team doctor Soren Kaalund told the Danish FA website, www.dbu.dk, a detailed prognosis for the trio was not yet available, with further tests scheduled ahead of the Euro 2012 qualifier against Norway on Saturday.

Denmark coach Morten Olsen is expected to provide an update at a press conference later this evening.

With England forward Theo Walcott recovering from his own ankle problem, losing Bendtner - who had a spell on the sidelines with a niggling groin injury after the World Cup - would certainly be a blow for the Gunners.

While the 6ft 4ins striker was not first choice to lead the attack, Bendtner provided Arsenal with a different option when thing were not going to plan - as they certainly have not been lately.

However, despite the bitter disappointment of defeat to Birmingham in the Carling Cup final at Wembley being followed by an early exit from the Champions League in Barcelona and crashing out of the FA Cup at Manchester United, remarkably Arsenal still hold the destiny of the Barclays Premier League title in their own hands.

Should the Gunners win each of their remaining nine matches - which include both a clash at Tottenham and the visit of United on May 1 - then Wenger's men would overhaul the current five point deficit and be crowned champions.

There are, though, sure to be plenty of twists and turns ahead over the closing weeks of what has been an unpredictable campaign.

Arsenal are now not in action again until their late kick-off against Blackburn on April 2, by which time United could be further ahead should they win at West Ham in the lunchtime game.

While Wenger accepts there is little anyone can do about television dictating fixture scheduling, the Gunners boss feels his men should always concentrate on the job in hand rather than worrying about what might be going on elsewhere.

"I tell the players to forget about the other matches as far as possible, and just focus on how they want to play," he said.

"If they play before us, then I like to know the result, but if it's the same time, I don't mind not knowing until the end."

Wenger added in the April edition of the official Arsenal magazine: "I think they should make each team's last three fixtures all kick off at the same time, not just the last one.

"There are advantages and disadvantages to kicking off later than the other teams.

"If you kick off later than your rivals, and they have lost, then you are in a more comfortable situation.

"Psychologically it can give you a lift, and it's true that it can apply for us or Manchester United or Chelsea, but I think it would be better not to give any team this advantage.

"Weekends where you win and your opponents lose become absolutely pivotal now."

Arsenal are, meanwhile, close to finalising a deal for promising 15-year-old Hertha Berlin centre-back Leander Siemann move to the Emirates in the summer.

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