"For me confidence is so important. It's good to know I can go out on the field and feel I can take on the world."
Bendtner's attitude has not always endeared him to the staff at Arsenal - or at Birmingham during his year-long loan spell last season - since arriving at the club from Copenhagen as a 16-year-old.
"Nicklas fully rates himself. He thinks he should be in the team every game. He thinks he's better than [Emmanuel] Adebayor and he's not afraid to tell anyone what he thinks either," one Arsenal insider told the Daily Mail.