Arsenal boss Wenger: I always believed in Bendtner

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praised goalscorer Nicklas Bendtner after their victory over Hull City.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger praised goalscorer Nicklas Bendtner after their victory over Hull City.

The 25-year-old was recalled to the starting XI to give leading forward Olivier Giroud a rest, and headed the hosts in front inside two minutes.

Mesut Ozil extended Arsenal's lead at the start of the second half, finishing off a fine passing exchange with Aaron Ramsey.

"Look, [it is a gamble] if a guy has not played for a long time, and his last performance was not convincing against Chelsea, but he has worked hard in training and deserved a chance," said Wenger.

"We know that when he has the mind on the game, he has the qualities. I believe tonight he had a good game.

"He has the stature, he has good technical quality, he has quite good pace.

"We had him as a boy of 15 or 16 and I made him sign a long contract twice, so that means I always believed in his qualities."

 
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