Wednesday, March 10, 2010

Bendtner & Wenger - we can win the Champions League

Arsenal hat-trick hero Nicklas Bendtner has stated that Arsenal can
win the Champions League.

The 22-year-old survived heavy criticism from every quarter (even we
the supporters are not exempted) after his lacklustre performance on
Saturday against Burnley.
But look how quickly things change, A player who missed a hat-trick of
chances against lowly Burnley scores 60% of his chances on a night
Arsenal fans will not forget in a hurry.

The Striker and his team mates repayed Wenger's faith in them by
sending the visitors from Portugal home without a goal to show for
their numerous efforts.

"This will give us a lot of confidence. We want to win the Champions
League. It's something we haven't done." Bendtner enthused after
booking a Porto bound-flight for Falcao and co.

"Every time I play a game I put it behind me as soon as it's finished.
Sometimes it's one of those days and today I put it right. I'm happy
with my hat-trick but tomorrow we move on."

Arsene Wenger who in his wildest imagination possibly could not have
hoped for a scoreline as rampant as 5-0, has showered encomiums on his
Danish import and the team as a whole.
The Boss has now re-written his own history - he has never recovered
from an away defeat in the UEFA Champions League and a what a way to
state his intent.
Surely, the scoreline flattered us but we were made to work hard for
our win which certainly means we deserved the outcome of the match and
gave Porto counter-attacking lessons they'll never forget.

Arsene Wenger on Bendtner's performance: "His confidence level is
always stable. He has the size and the presence we need. We're usually
a short team so someone with size is important, offensively and

The gaffer is as optimistic as Bendtner and insists his current crop
of players can square up with any of the Epl's big boys in the
quarter-finals of the competition.
"I've a good feeling maybe it's good for us an English team.
We have not done well against Chelsea and Man United this year and it
would be a good chance to show we can do it against them.

"We do not choose Manchester United or Chelsea, but if I say we don't
want to play an English team we're in an inferior position. I believe
maybe it's a good opportunity if we get them to show we can do well.

"But if I had a choice I would say yes. If we get them we cannot do
worse than we did in the Championship, we can only do better.

"If I don't smile tonight I will never smile. We controlled the game,
played our fluent football and had a positive start with early goals
which gave us the belief. Over the 90 minutes we controlled 80.

"Overall we controlled the game, scored great goals and were good to watch.
We did what we like to do, we won with style and always went forward
in a positive way."