Dane can still play a part at the Emirates, says Wenger.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Nicklas Bendtner can still have a future at the club after his loan spell at Juventus comes to an end next summer.
Bendtner spent last season on loan at Sunderland and, after an impressive Euro 2012 with Denmark, joined the Old Lady on a season-long deal on transfer deadline day.
The 24-year-old has struggled to establish himself in the Arsenal first team in recent seasons and his start to life in Turin has not been easy, with fans sceptical about his ability and reports that has been put on a strict diet by the club, who are unimpressed with his fitness levels.
But Wenger remains a fan of the forward and insists he could still have a future in north London.
“It is not for nothing that I loaned him to Juventus. He is a talented player. There he will grow and then return to my team,” Wenger is quoted as saying by the Metro.
“I am convinced that a team like Juventus, in a very difficult league, especially for strikers, he can make the final leap in quality.
“Don’t forget, he is a boy of 24 years. The right age to prove who he is. He is not short of talent – otherwise I would not have bought him at just 16-years-old.”
The relationship with player and manager had reportedly broken down, with Bendtner thought to be furious at being made to play on the wing before being frozen out at the Emirates.
But Wenger is confident that any issues between the striker and the club can be resolved.
“We believe in him and that is why we only gave him to Juventus on loan. I think he can resolve his problems with us and prove himself.
“We still believe in him.”
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