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Feb 16, 2009

I should start every game claims Bendtner

Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner believes that he should be considered the club's top striker and also said that he had not watched new signing Andrei Arshavin in action before he arrived at the Emirates Stadium.

The Dane is likely to play a prominent role for Arsene Wenger's team over the coming weeks after Emmanuel Adebayor was ruled out with a hamstring injury, but has, once again, added to his reputation as an egotist.

Even without Adebayor, Robin van Persie and Arshavin would appear to be ahead of him in the Gunners' pecking order, with the returning Eduardo and Theo Walcott also staking claims for inclusion.

However, despite a meagre return of just three goals in 18 games this season, Bendtner insists he should be considered the north Londoners' best frontman.

''I'm very sorry to see Adebayor injured as we need him fit and to be playing in the league,'' he told the Daily Mirror. ''But it does not really matter to me who is fit and available.

''I should start every game, I should be playing every minute of every match and always be in the team.''

His place is under threat from Russian striker Arshavin, who became one of the hottest properties in football after his brilliant performances at last summer's European Championships with Russia.

His signing earlier this month, for around £16m, was seen as a major coup for Wenger and the Gunners hierarchy, but Bendtner admits he had no idea what all the fuss was about.

''I've never seen Arshavin. I did not watch Euro 2008,'' he said. ''I've no idea what sort of player he is.''

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