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Nicklas Bendtner: Why Arsenal won't be complacent at Stoke

PUBLISHED: 16:57 24 February 2010 | UPDATED: 16:47 07 September 2010

Arsenal's Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal as Sunderland's Scottish goalkeeper Craig Gordon (L) appeals during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium, north London on February 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO/CHRIS RATCLIFFE  FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo. (Photo credit should read CHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images)

Arsenal's Danish striker Nicklas Bendtner (R) celebrates scoring the opening goal as Sunderland's Scottish goalkeeper Craig Gordon (L) appeals during the English Premier League football match between Arsenal and Sunderland at the Emirates Stadium, north London on February 20, 2010. AFP PHOTO/CHRIS RATCLIFFE FOR EDITORIAL USE ONLY Additional licence required for any commercial/promotional use or use on TV or internet (except identical online version of newspaper) of Premier League/Football League photos. Tel DataCo +44 207 2981656. Do not alter/modify photo. (Photo credit should read CHRIS RATCLIFFE/AFP/Getty Images)

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NICKLAS Bendtner has warned there are no easy games in the Premier League ahead of this weekend s trip to Stoke, writes Jem Maidment. The Gunners are six points behind leaders Chelsea and cannot afford any slip-ups against a tough Stoke side who have alre

NICKLAS Bendtner has warned there are no easy games in the Premier League ahead of this weekend's trip to Stoke, writes Jem Maidment.

The Gunners are six points behind leaders Chelsea and cannot afford any slip-ups against a tough Stoke side who have already beaten them in the FA Cup.

Bendtner, who scored his first goal since returning from a three-month absence against Sunderland last week, says the Gunners must not take anything for granted: "They are difficult games," he said. "It's not like it used to be maybe. All the teams now are quite difficult to play.

"You can go and win or you can go and lose against a club where you probably thought you would have won. It's a different league.

"We look at ourselves and try to win every game. We don't really focus on what other people think or say. When you play for Arsenal you want to win every game whoever you play against, it's not changed."

The Denmark striker could play a massive part in the Premier League run-in - and admits he wants to repay Arsene Wenger for showing faith in him.

The Arsenal boss was tipped to sign a replacement in the January transfer window but chose to stick with the 22-year-old, despite the absence of the injured Robin van Persie.

"All I have to do now is show him [Wenger] he made the right choice. I'm sure he has and I've got to show it on the pitch," added Bendtner.

"It's difficult obviously being out, despite whoever else is out. It's difficult. Coming back for me was really important."

And he is adamant he and his colleagues have what it takes to win the title.

"Of course we believe," he said. "We believed at the start of the season and we still believe it now, and until the end of the season we'll fight every minute of the way.


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