Bendtner proves class: Wenger

Arsene Wenger believes that Nicklas Bendtner is finally starting to prove his class after the striker inspired a 3-1 rout of West Bromwich Albion.

Arsene Wenger believes that Nicklas Bendtner is finally starting to prove his class after the striker inspired a 3-1 rout of West Bromwich Albion.

The Dane has been subjected to stinging criticism from sections of the Arsenal support this season thanks to some lacklustre performances, but the travelling fans at the Hawthorns on Tuesday were bellowing his name by the end of an evening where he pulled Albion's dreadful defence to pieces.

Bendtner rattled in two first-half goals - one curled into the bottom corner and another crunched past Scott Carson from an acute angle - and was only denied the match-ball when his low shot struck the post in the second period.

That took his season's tally to 11 and Wenger believes the young striker could now be running into form at the perfect time, with Arsenal's Champions League last 16 decider at AS Roma looming large next week.

"He has shown he has the talent to be an Arsenal player and that he is on the right way to maturity," Gunners manager Wenger said.

"I liked his presence, I liked his determined attitude and the way he took people on. That shows how much he has improved." - Sapa-AFP

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