Ahead of Tuesday’s EFL Cup match between Arsenal and Nottingham Forest, former Gunners forward Nicklas Bendtner insists that he will celebrate if he scores and hope his new side go through.
The Dane returned to English football after Bundesliga outfit Wolfsburg released him at the end of last season and he signed a two-year deal for the Championship side but yet to start a game as he continues to build fitness.
“I’m really looking forward to a great match in a sold-out stadium. I’m sure there’s going to be a great atmosphere,” Bendtner told a news conference ahead of the Gunners visit to the City Ground
“It’ll be a tough game against a strong Arsenal side but we are very confident.
“I will celebrate if I score tomorrow night but I won’t go crazy. I have a lot of love and respect for Arsenal as a club.
“We are underdogs tomorrow and we have to be at our best to stand a chance. But we are ready and we know anything can happen.
“We’ve seen we can play some good football but we have to be stronger. We have conceded too many easy goals in recent games.”
The 28-year-old is hoping to get his career back on track after a poor couple of years.
“Physically and mentally I’ve got no problems and I’m almost close to being 100 per cent match-fit. I feel fit and raring to go,” he added.
“I want to look to the future and not the past. I know I haven’t yet fulfilled my potential but now is the time to move forward.
“I’ve enjoyed playing for [Forest boss] Philippe Montanier. He’s one of the reasons I wanted to sign here and it’s been very enjoyable so far.”
Bendtner had a 10-year spell with Arsenal and made 171 appearances.