Bendtner delays future decision

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.”