Analysing Nicklas Bendtner's Performance vs. Hull City

Rob Goldberg@TheRobGoldbergFeatured ColumnistDecember 4, 2013

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 04: Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal celebrates scoring the opening goal during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Hull City at Emirates Stadium on December 4, 2013 in London, England.  (Photo by Jamie McDonald/Getty Images)
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It certainly did not take long for Nicklas Bendtner to make an impact in his first English Premier League start of the season.

Two minutes into Wednesday's match against Hull City, the 25-year-old forward received a cross from Carl Jenkinson and headed it into the back of the net to give Arsenal a 1-0 lead. As the club's Twitter account points out, this was quite a start for the young player:

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The Danish player has had a tough time getting onto the pitch for Arsene Wenger's squad in recent years. His only starts this season came in the Capital One Cup, and he only had five more appearances in total to this point.

In fact, James Orr of The Independent notes that Bendtner had not started a league match for Arsenal since 2011, and he has been loaned out twice in that time.    

However, he showed right away against Hull that he is worthy of a spot on Arsenal's roster. Besides scoring the opening goal, he was active with and without the ball, and he made some quality passes to help out on the attack.

Of course, it will still take more to prove he is worthy of a spot on the first team. The Gunners have risen to the top of the EPL table thanks to the great chemistry between Olivier Giroud, Mesut Ozil, Aaron Ramsey and others.

There is certainly no reason to replace any of these men on the attack.

Still, you need depth in order to win trophies, and the talented player has at least proven that he is worthy of playing time in the future. Bendtner can replace Giroud up front if a rest is needed, or he can perform well in the midfield.   

After being little more than an empty roster spot lately, this is certainly encouraging for Arsenal.


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