Bendtner wants central role
Nicklas Bendtner has spoken with his manager Arsene Wenger about his desire to play a more central role.
Last Updated: 22/09/09 3:49pm
Arsenal striker Nicklas Bendtner has spoken with his manager Arsene Wenger about a desire to play a more central role, having been employed down the flanks this season.
Wenger has primarily used a 4-3-3 system this season with Robin van Persie his preferred choice as the main striker.
Bendtner has usually been pushed wide when selected to accommodate his team-mate, but the Dane feels he is best used as a central striker.
A recent goal in the UEFA Champions League against Standard Liege showed Bendtner's ability when used as a centre forward and the player hopes his manager is taking note.
"I think it is a short-term decision," Bendtner said. "I have spoken to the manager, obviously, and he explained why he's playing me there at the moment.
"He knows as well though that my position is to play up front as a striker. That's where I prefer personally, but if I have to do a job for the team and play on the right or the left sometimes then I'm happy to do that as well."
Bendtner, whose goal against Liege sparked Arsenal's comeback from 2-0 down, added: "I like to think that the reason I scored against Standard Liege has something to do with the fact I played more centrally.
"Obviously you are closer to the goal and because of my pace I can make those runs. You can use that more up front than you can on the right."