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By ESPN Staff
Nov 7, 2008

Bendtner insists Gunners will prove critics wrong

Nicklas Bendtner is confident Arsenal can beat Manchester United and prove their Premier league title chase is back on track.

The Gunners host the defending champions at the Emirates Stadium in Saturday's early kick-off and need victory to prevent their season from unravelling.

The Londoners have suffered three league defeats already, leaving little margin for error, but Bendtner insists they should not be written off just yet.

"We still believe we can win the title and it will be like that until the season finishes. We owe that to ourselves,'' he said. "We want to win it for everyone. We are very young but we can still prove people wrong. We shouldn't be written off yet.

"We're very strong and we have played well against big teams this season. It will be no different on Saturday. After what happened against Tottenham and Stoke people can get that impression that things aren't going right but we don't feel that way ourselves.

"We are strong and believe we have another chance tomorrow to show that we are united and can get back to winning ways.''

With the injured Emmanuel Adebayor and suspended Robin van Persie unavailable, Bendtner will spearhead Arsenal's assault against the defending champions.

Arsene Wenger will choose between Carlos Vela and Theo Walcott to play alongside Bendtner, although if the England winger fails to recover from a shoulder injury the options would be narrowed further.

At just 20 years old it is a lot of responsibility for Bendtner to shoulder but the Dane is relishing the chance to nail down his place in the team.

"I always feel confident, whoever I play. I'll play to my strength and the team will play as a unit,'' he said. "If we all play well that should be enough. But I want to do the best I can. If I play I'd like to score.

"It would be fantastic to score against Man United. If I can score and help us win the game then I'll be very happy. If you play well, you keep your place so you have to keep working hard.

"It's the same for every striker, there's no free pass in every top club. I love playing for Arsenal.''

Mikael Silvestre is the latest player to be added to Arsenal's casualty list after the defender suffered a broken nose against Fenerbahce.

Wenger must decide whether to gamble on the 31-year-old defender against his former club while Arsenal captain William Gallas is struggling with a hamstring problem and is rated 50-50.

Bacary Sagna remains a slight doubt but goalkeeper Manuel Almunia has recovered from a sickness bug.

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