Arsenal: Nicklas Bendtner frustrated by lack of football

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Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner admits he is frustrated by a lack of first-team football but insists he will continue to fight for a first-team place.

The Dane will get the chance to impress boss Arsene Wenger when he lines up against England at Wembley on Wednesday night in a friendly.

Bendtner has only made nine appearances for the Gunners this season, with his last coming on New Year’s Day.

Despite his lack of action, he has managed to score on two occasions to help Arsenal compete at the top of the Premier League. His goals against Hull and Cardiff helped the Gunners pick up six points but he has still found himself out of the first-team picture.

Wenger has used Olivier Giroud as a lone striker this season, with Yaya Sanogo also getting a chance off the bench. Despite his frustration, Bendtner claims he will continue to fight for his place as he tries to help the Gunners pick up some silverware this season.

“If you can find a footballer who says he is happy to sit and watch and not play, then I think he needs to find a different job,” he said.

“I want to play. I am fit and ready, am training well. That I am not selected is up to the manager (Arsene Wenger), it is not up to me.

“All I can do is train well, which is what I am doing. If he chooses different, then that is up to him.”

Arsenal are currently 21.00 to win the Premier League following defeat to Stoke last weekend.

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