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Nicklas prepared for Gunners reunion

19 September 2016

Nottingham Forest striker Nicklas Bendtner says he is looking forward to renewing acquaintances with former club Arsenal in the EFL Cup tomorrow night.

The 28-year-old comes up against his old employers in the third round of the competition at The City Ground tomorrow night and Bendtner admits he is relishing the clash in front of a near 30,000 crowd on Trentside.

He said: “I’m really looking forward to what is going to be a great match in a sold-out stadium. I’m sure the Forest fans are going to create an incredible atmosphere and hopefully we can reward them with a result.

“We are underdogs tomorrow night and we know we will have to be at our best to stand a chance. We cannot be at anything less than 100% but we know than in cup games anything can happen and upsets can be caused.

“It is important for us to be compact and to be tactically aware. We know if we press Arsenal then they can play around us so we have to be aware of the challenges. We’ll get chances during the game and then it’s up to us to take them.”

Bendtner has featured in Forest’s past two games against Rotherham and Norwich and the striker says he has thoroughly enjoyed his first two weeks playing under the management of Philippe Montanier.

He said: “I’ve enjoyed playing for Philippe so far. You can see he wants to play football in the right way, much like Arsene Wenger, and that he has a real hunger to be successful. It’s been a really good start for me here.

“We dropped two points at Rotherham which was disappointing. We’ve seen we have some good players who can play some attractive football but we have to be stronger. We’ve conceded too many easy goals in recent games.

“For me personally it’s about looking to the future and not the past. I know I haven’t yet fulfilled my potential but now is the time to move forward and that starts tomorrow night."

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