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Bendtner faces extended spell out after surgery

Arsenal are set to be without striker Nicklas Bendtner for weeks as he is expected to have surgery on a groin injury.

The Denmark international was forced off 36 minutes into the Gunners' 3-0 win at home to Tottenham Hotspur on October 31, and his worst fears look to have been realised with an operation the most likely course of action.

Bendtner, who has scored one Premier League goal so far this season, said in Ekstra Bladet: "I will have tests on Tuesday and it is likely I will have surgery on Wednesday.''

Bendtner was speaking at the Danish football awards for 2009 as he was named the country's footballer of the year, which he said was a "great honour".

"I want to thank all those fans who voted for me," he said. "I would also like to thank my parents who have believed in me all the time, and I wish to thank my coaches and my team-mates who made this possible for me."

Bentner also reiterated his desire to become a world great and hopes to make a major impact both with Arsenal and Denmark.

"I want to be the leading scorer in the Premier League, I dream of scoring the most goals at the World Cup and within five years I want to be one of the best strikers in the world," he said.

Should he undergo surgery, it is thought he may be out of action for about a month, but his absence should not cause Arsene Wenger too many problems as Robin Van Persie, Francesc Fabregas, Thomas Vermaelen and Andrei Arshavin have all already hit at least four goals in just 11 matches.

However, speaking at the time the injury was sustained, Wenger said: "We suspect [he will be out for] four weeks. Bendtner is a big blow. I played him against Tottenham because he is strong in the air.

"It gives us more variety in our games because we can lose possession yet still win the next header with Bendtner. He makes us dangerous at set pieces and so we can change our game a little bit.''


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