Nicklas Bendtner is 'an Arsenal boy' and can have a major impact this season, says Arsene Wenger
The striker returned to action for the Gunners in midweek against West Brom in the Capital One Cup
Friday 27 September 2013
Manager Arsene Wenger is ready to recall his first-team regulars when Barclays Premier League action resumes at Swansea on Saturday afternoon, but is in no doubt the likes of Nicklas Bendtner and Thomas Eisfield can make a major impact this season.
Wenger hopes the gruelling efforts of a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory in the Capital One Cup tie at West Brom on Wednesday night will not have taken too much out of those players likely to be in his plans for the trip to Wales, with midfielder Mikel Arteta having got a full 90 minutes under his belt on return from a thigh problem.
Bendtner marked his return from a two-season absence with a positive display in attack, and will feel he could have done better when played clean through on goal late on, while Germany youth international Eisfield had opened the scoring with a well-taken effort before West Brom fought back to take the match into extra-time.
Wenger is confident both Bendtner - who saw his move away from the Emirates Stadium blocked on transfer deadline day - and Eisfield will continue to make progress within the squad.
"You don't arrive at a club at the age of 15 like he (Bendtner) did and have all these years here without having any feeling for the club. He's still an Arsenal boy," Wenger said to Arsenal Player.
"I think he has an honest feeling for the club. He wanted to leave because he had some turbulence in his career. He wanted to play, you can understand that completely and I accepted it. It [the move] didn't work and now he's ready for a fight. He will get his chance."
Wenger added: "You have to take your hat off to him because he has worked very hard. Physically, he is the guy who has worked the hardest of all because he came back in a very bad shape."
Eisfeld, meanwhile, has shown great promise for the Arsenal Under-21 side, and Wenger feels the midfielder can bring something different.
"He is a Pires type. He appears to be in the box without being noisy and appearing suddenly. When he is there, he finishes well," Wenger said.
"Thomas has that kind of quality that some midfielders have - not many. They have the timing to get in dangerous situations.
"When they have those dangerous situations, they are like snakes. They bite you to death because they don't miss their first touch. He is cool enough in front of goal and he finishes well."
Theo Walcott's minor procedure on an abdominal injury in Germany has gone well and the England forward will now begin his rehabilitation although he is set to miss the final round of World Cup qualifiers.
Czech playmaker Tomas Rosicky may feature in the squad again as early as next week's Champions League tie with Napoli following his hamstring problem.
Midfielder Santi Cazorla, meanwhile, hopes to be fit for the Premier League game at West Brom on October 6 after his recent ankle injury.
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