Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner on Track for Early Season Target of Six Goals

Robin SAnalyst IFebruary 23, 2010

LONDON, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 20:  Nicklas Bendtner of Arsenal reacts after hitting the bar during the Barclays Premier League match between Arsenal and Sunderland at Emirates Stadium on February 20, 2010 in London, England.  (Photo by Mike Hewitt/Getty Images)
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When it comes to boasting, nobody can beat Nicklas Bendtner. However, when you consider the number of goals scored, even Thomas Vermaelen is ahead of him despite being a defender.

An out-and-out striker is expected to have a respectable goal tally at the end of the season. But, the Dane could only score four goals so far in this season (please, don't indicate all his goals were lucky or he tapped in from an offside position).

All right, Bendtner missed nearly four months due to injury. However, he has played in 19 games for Arsenal in spite of the injury: four goals in 19 games! OK for a midfielder, but how many of you would like to consider him as a midfielder?

"It’s been very frustrating because I set myself a target at the start of the season. Because of my injury it’s been really difficult to achieve it. I need to score two goals in the remaining games to reach that!," said Bendtner.

He has already scored four and needs two more goals to achieve his target. A player like Bendtner who "proudly" compares himself to Fernando Torres and Zlatan Ibrahimovic only targeted six goals before the start of a season! Just unbelievable!

A player of the "calibre" of Bendtner should always target a minimum of 100 goals per season. I suppose his objective was 25 goals before the season, and he needs to score two goals in each of the remaining 11 games to achieve that feat.

Having said that, we all know the ability of Bendtner.

He's not a 25-goals striker by any means, although he's "capable" of scoring even "50 goals a season," only when he improves his finishing.

Keeping his past records in mind, nobody would dare dreaming about 25 goals from Bendtner in a single season.

Anything more than 10 is actually a bonus.

So, we can confirm that his target is six goals realistically.

After nestling in a "wonderful goal" against Sunderland last week, he's right on track to achieve this "unbelievable" feat of six goals in a single season!

It has to be seen, whether or not his "great accomplishment" yields him a place in the PFA team of the year.

He's also grateful to Wenger for showing immense faith in his "ability" and not opting for a new target-man when all the main strikers of Arsenal were crocked (actually, we all know that Wenger's prudential ideas forced him not to buy a new front-man). Wenger instead preferred to wait for the return of Bendtner; now it's time for the Dane to repay the faith shown in him.

Sometimes you may feel that Bendtner is not concerned about the immediate future. He must show consistency and should only take one game at a time.

The situation couldn't have been any better for him: Robin Van Persie's out for the season and for the moment, nobody in the Arsenal squad is capable of playing as the lone striker (don't remind me about Eduardo's "super cool," "icy" nature in the penalty box).

Hopefully, Bendtner can achieve his target this season and possibly follow it up by topping the Premier League goal-scoring charts in the forthcoming season.

That could be enough for a "£50m" move away from the Emirates to fulfill his "ambitions."