Bendtner the target of Wenger adulation after Arsenal goal

Nicklas Bendtner was the subject of adulation from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Wednesday.

Nicklas Bendtner was the subject of adulation from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger on Wednesday.

The Danish striker stepped into the starting line-up to replace Olivier Giroud and managed to score a late goal, prior to Theo Walcott’s injury-time effort, as the Gunners netted twice in the final few minutes to beat Cardiff City 2-0 at the Emirates Stadium.

After the match, Wenger heaped praise on Bendtner who unfortunately suffered an ankle injury in the win over the Bluebirds.

"Nicklas is a player who has gone through some difficult periods, so I just want to give him great credit," said Wenger.

"I told him already today that he is back to the level I want him to be at, and if he continues to develop like that he will come back into the team.

"Unfortunately he got injured today. He was a bit unlucky, he said he landed on the foot of a Cardiff player and sprained his ankle. It looks like it is not a question of days, but weeks.

"I am very sad for us, but for him as well."

 
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