Controversial Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner scored the winning goal in a crucial Euro 2012 qualifier against Portugal yesterday, ensuring their place in the tournament next year.
With his confidence arguably at its colossal highest now that he is being given game time at Sunderland, would it be a total disaster – and sign of desperation from Wenger – if he were to be given another chance next season?
It is no secret that Marouane Chamakh looks to be on his way out, with a poor run of form last season dragging on seemingly without end into this campaign too. Gervinho’s impact is questionable, with sure signs of exciting talent slightly tainted by some poor decision-making when it counts.
As revealed over the past week, Park Chu-Young will be – in most probability – forced to carry out his military service in two years’ time. Robin Van Persie is a contender for leaving the club soon, with Manchester City just one of the clubs looking to even triple his £70,000 a week wages.
During a time in which many Gooners simply want to see some levels of confidence in the squad, Nicklas Bendtner – the self-proclaimed future ‘best player in the world’ – could not be more suitable in terms of bringing back a self-assured figure both in the dressing room and on the pitch.
Surely it can’t go too far wrong? After all, the Dane has scored some crackers for the Gunners in the past (such as his superb strike against Newcastle in last season’s Carling Cup) and he would undoubtedly be willing to prove that he is capable of living up to his own billing.
However, would he still see Arsenal as a big enough club to provide the stage for his apparently unparalleled ability?