A bad day for Nicklas Bendtner

March 7, 2010

Arsenal’s Nicklas Bendtner has been in good form recently, scoring in his previous two Arsenal games, at home to Sunderland and away at Burnley. He also netted in Denmark’s loss to Austria in midweek, taking him onto 11 international goals at the age of just 22.

Against Burnley, however, in stark contrast to his teammate Theo Walcott, he had a nightmare. He missed the target from five glorious goalscoring opportunities from less than eight yards out, all between the width of the posts. Three further shots were blocked or saved.

It is only the second time this season that any Premiership player has had eight or more shots from inside in the area within one game, and still failed to score, according to OPTA.

Bendtner should be praised for getting into the right positions (the other usual defence in this situation, that he “didn’t go hiding” is always a little overstated) but can Arsenal afford to have their centre-forward missing such easy chances before the game has been put to bed?

by Guardian Chalkboards

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