Nicklas Bendtner has been assured by Arsene Wenger that he is still a major part of the Frenchman’s plans despite a lack of recent first team opportunities. The Danish striker voiced his frustrations in an interview and made it clear he would move clubs if the situation didn’t improve prompting his manager to clear the issue up.

The 22-year-old has only just returned from a groin injury which kept him out of action since the World Cup and should perhaps show a bit more patience at a club which is currently third in the Premier League just two points off the summit of the table.

With Bendtner and Robin Van Persie both sidelined with injury for the start of this campaign, Wenger needed someone to step up find the net on a regular basis. New signing Maroaune Chamakh has so far been that player and the Moroccan forward has settled in quickly at his new club, leading the goal charts at Arsenal with eight goals so far this season and the Betfair Football bettingnow suggests he will be the side’s leading scorer this season.

Bendtner’s first issue should be getting himself 100 per cent match fit rather than trying to start arguments with Wenger.

Once he is free from injury, Bendtner is going to need to impress whenever he gets his chance if he is going to jump ahead of Chamakh in the pecking order.

Time is still very much on Bendtner’s side and if he keeps his head down and performs when called on then he could be a part of what is sure to be a promising Arsenal future. If Bendtner can’t find that regular first team slot at Arsenal and if so then he may have to lower his expectations regarding his career achievements if he moves clubs.

The Dane is a quality forward but whether or not he would be a regular in any of Europe’s other elite sides is arguable. With the season only a third of the way through, Bendtner could be a important part of Arsenal’s plans. If they are going to win their first piece of silverware in five years then it’s going to be a squad effort.