Bendtner delays future decision

Arsenal forward Nicklas Bendtner will be not be making a decision regarding his future at The Emirates until the end of the season.

The Danish striker admits to feeling frustrated at his lack of starting opportunities this term, with Arsene Wenger often choosing to deploy him from the bench.

The 23-year-old has never been short on self belief and has regularly aired his opinion on what his standing at The Emirates should be.

With those calls having failed to earn him a regular role, Bendtner concedes that he now has a decision to make.

He will, however, leave it until the summer before passing any judgement on what would be best for his career in the long run.

"It is incredibly frustrating not being seen as a first-team player, but there is not much I can do about it," Bendtner told Ekstra Bladet.

"I have proven that I am good enough to play from the start at Arsenal.

"[Robin] van Persie is ahead of me at the moment and there is nothing to say about that because he has scored 16 goals since New Year."

For now, Bendtner’s focus remains on helping Arsenal overhaul Manchester United at the top of the Premier League table.

"After that I will decide on my future, but not before," he added.

Arsenal sit seven points adrift of United at present, but will have the opportunity to close that gap when they face arch-rivals Tottenham in a make-or-break North London derby on Wednesday.

On that game, Bendtner said: "It is the most important game for our fans, but it has also become the most important for us players.

"It’s win or be gone, to a certain extent. It won’t be totally over if we don’t win, but pretty close.

"I expect that we need to win the rest of the games this season in order to have a realistic chance of winning the league."