Nicklas Bendtner will return from the Arsenal wilderness to feature in the Capital One Cup game against West Brom next week, Arsene Wenger has confirmed.
The Gunners boss confirmed that he had intended to sell the Denmark international over the summer.
But with the 25-year-old still on Arsenal’s payroll, Wenger intends to make use of the £52,000-a-week striker.
Wenger seems to believe that Bendtner is a reformed character.
He said: “If he is fit, I will use Nicklas
He is a good striker. He could play against West Brom, he will be in the squad for sure.
“It is a fantastic opportunity for him. Honestly, he was supposed to go, but he stayed and once he stays you have to consider him as a full player of the squad.
“If he deserves to play in front of [Olivier] Giroud, he plays in front of Giroud. That is as simple as that.
“He lost his way a little bit, but he is not a bad boy. He is a good guy.
“He took the easy way a little bit but now he realises there are some [signals] in your career when players think that is the moment for them. He has got the message.”
If he plays against West Brom it will be his first Arsenal game since August 2011.