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Arsenal's Bendtner: Being a father has helped me mature

Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner feels he has matured as a man since he became a father.

The 25-year old Dane, who once claimed he would be 'one of the best strikers in the world', suggests he has changed as a person since his son came into the world in late 2010.

Bendtner has been struggling to force his way into Arsenal's first team in recent years but says he is a more rounded person now that he is happy off the pitch.

"First of all I had a baby, which changed me a lot," Bendtner told Arsenal Player. "I think a lot of people say that you have babies and they change you and stuff but for me I could really feel a big difference to my life.

"Being abroad showed me a lot of different things and different aspects of how to live and how to cope with problems. That has given me a lot more as a man for now."

He added: "I try to do my best and that's basically all I can do for my family and my friends and everyone around the club.

"I think every football player wants to achieve the [most] within what he can do. That's what makes you."

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