If you thought Nicklas Bendtner’s vital winner against Wolves was something occasional, you were very wrong.
The giant Dane has made a habit of scoring late significant goals ever since he joined the senior team in 2007/08.
Below is a recall of the number of times Bendtner has provided something similar to Saturday’s rescuer over the last three years.
2-1 Tottenham (December 2007)
Robbie Keane had just missed a penalty and with the match delicately poised at 1-1, Bendnter was introduced moments later. Seconds after stepping onto the pitch, the Dane thumped home the winner 15 minutes from time for a sweet, dramatic victory over Spurs.
1-1 Villa (March 2008)
This was the match that followed Edurdo’s nightmare at Birmingham and Arsenal looked to have succumbed to a shock Villa victory only until substitute Bendtner delivered a late leveler.
1-1 Liverpool (April 2008)
Arsenal were facing Liverpool three times in less than a week and the fight in the Champions League was just as tense as the title race. Wenger’s men went behind early on to the reds in this must-win match and needed Bendtner to pull them level and secure a point.
1-0 Everton (May 2008)
This was Arsenal’s last home game of the 2007/08 season and Wenger’s men seemed likely to end the campaign with an unbeaten record at the Emirates but victory over a resistant Everton would have eluded them if not for Bendtner’s goal with just 13 minutes left.
1-0 Dynamo Kiev (December 2008)
Arsenal needed a win to clinch a place in the last 16 of the 2008/09 Champions League and in Fabregas’ first game as captain they struggled for the result. On came Bendtner with his pink boots on and…
1-0 Bolton (January 2009)
Like Saturday’s frustrating affair with Wolves, Arsenal just could not hit the back of the net and were forced to find the breakthrough in the ‘Nick of time’ against stubborn Bolton.
2-1 Hull City (March 2010)
You may not need a reminder on this one.
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