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Bendnter Adds to Arsenal Injury Woes

  • ESPN FC, Thursday, January 2, 2014 1:56 PM
Arsene Wenger confirmed that Gunners striker Nicklas Bendtner is "out for weeks" following his late game-winning goal at the Emirates on Wednesday, a turn of events that could force the Arsenal coach to search for another striker during the transfer window. Bendtner scored in the 88th-minute of the Gunners’ 2-0 win against Cardiff City, and immediately injured himself as he came down on the foot of a Cardiff player after his shot went in.

"Unfortunately it looks like it is not a question of days but weeks, with a sprained ankle. I am very sad for us, but for [Bendtner] as well,” Wenger said. "It doesn't mean we go straight from Nicklas' ankle straight to the transfer market. It just means that we have [Olivier] Giroud and Bendtner out." While the Frenchman stopped short of saying that Arsenal would look for another striker during the transfer window, he noted that his squad looks “a bit short” up top with his first and second-choice strikers missing.

Wenger went on to praise Bendnter for playing his way back into the first team. "He is a player who has gone through some difficult periods, so I just want to give him great credit. 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.” He added: “When you are a manager, you always feel responsible to get the maximum out of a player because you want to influence their life in a positive way. When you don't manage to do it, it is frustrating.”

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