By Deputy Editor Harvey Byrne
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has admitted his surprise at former striker Nicklas Bendtner moving to the Championship and joining Nottingham Forest.
The 28-year-old striker moved to the Midlands club after his contract with Bundesliga side Wolfsburg was terminated in April.
The Gunners will face the Championship club in the EFL Cup on Tuesday evening and Bendtner could be set to line-up against his former side.
However, Wenger certainly wasn’t expecting to face his former striker in the clash and the French manager shared his surprise.
“It was a surprise to me that Nicklas signed for Forest [a Championship club], but at some stage Nicklas needs to restart his career,” said Wenger to the Mirror.
“You have to adapt and we are in a job when we have to show we are able to put our effort in everywhere and compete.
“Sometimes when you are a player of his quality, you just need an opportunity. We know his qualities and he is a top-quality player, but he needs to play.
“He was very young when I first spotted him, 16 or 17 years old, and I thought he was very interesting because he has a good technique, good stature, good pace, good in the air, good link play – he had it all in the locker.”
Bendtner joined Arsenal in 2004 and spent 10 years at the club, leaving in 2014.
The confident forward had loan spells at Birmingham, Sunderland and Juventus during his time with the Gunners, before signing a three-year deal with Wolfsburg after his contract in north London expired.
He has so far made two substitute appearances for Nottingham Forest and the Denmark international could make his first start against his former club.
In other Nottingham Forest team news, Henri Lansbury responded to questions regarding his Forest future.