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Nicklas Bendtner started his youth career in Denmark with B.93 and Kjobenhavns Boldklub. Bendtner continued in his homeland until the age of 16 when he joined the world renowned Arsenal academy where he formed a potent partnership with Arturo Lupoli in the reserve team. The young striker made his first team debut for the club as a substitute in the League Cup against Sunderland. However, he failed to immediately break into the first team so was loaned out to Birmingham City for the 2006/07 season. The move was relatively successful as Bendtner gained valuable first team football and scored 11 goals in 42 games in the process.
On his return to Arsenal in May 2007, Bendtner signed a new five year deal and found he received more opportunities in the first team during the 07/08 season. The striker hit his first competitive goal for the Gunners during the Carling Cup tie with Newcastle in September 2007 and his first Champions League goal against Slavia Prague in October 2007. Bendtner’s claim for a first team spot strengthened in December 2007 as he came off the bench to score his first goal in the Premier League to give Arsenal a 2-1 victory against rivals Tottenham. However, his first Premier League start the following week went badly as he was sent off following two yellow card offences. Since then, Bendtner has suffered a fairly frustrating time at the club as he has failed to receive the breakthrough to the first team he craves. On one occasion, he even stated that he was a better player than Emmanuel Adebayor and that he should be ahead of him in the pecking order. The start of the 2009/10 campaign has seen Bendtner change his squad number to 52 to bring him more luck as he attempts to make the breakthrough in his Arsenal career.
Bendtner’s international career with Denmark has seen the young player rise to a starting spot as his country’s main striker. In 2004, he was named the Danish U17 Player of the Year and he made his full international debut at the age of just 18. On his starting debut against Poland, Bendtner scored a goal in a 2-0 victory and has score eight goals in 27 appearances to date.
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