Nicklas Bendtner: I Should Be Arsenal's Starting Striker

The Denmark international believes manager Arsene Wenger should pick him whenever he's available...
Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner has assured the club's fans that the team will cope just fine without the injured Emmanuel Adebayor, who will miss at least three weeks of action following a hamstring injury.

The Danish international, who has scored eight goals in 23 caps, is adamant that he is good enough to provide adequate cover for the Gunners' second top-scorer this season.

Indeed, it seems that the 21-year-old striker is so confident in his own ability that he believes he should be in the first XI regardless of who else is or is not fit.

"I'm very sorry to see Adebayor injured as we need him fit and to be playing in the league," Bendtner is quoted as saying in The Daily Mirror.

"But it does not really matter to me who is fit and available. I should start every game, I should be playing every minute of every match and always be in the team."

When asked whether he was concerned about the extra competition in attack following the arrival of Russian international Andrey Arshavin from Zenit St. Petersburg, the Dane hinted that he is not.

"I've never seen Arshavin. I did not watch Euro 2008. I've no idea what sort of player he is," he said.

Manager Arsene Wenger seems to be less convinced that Bendtner should be the first name on his team sheet, however.

"Bendtner has had plenty of opportunities this year; if you look at the number of games he has started you will be surprised," Wenger said.

Ricky Brooks,