Arsene Wenger feels Nicklas Bendtner hid his embarrassment very well on Saturday.
The Danish striker had a day to forget against Burnley as he failed to finish off a host of feasible chances in front of goal despite doing well to find great positions.
Following a lack-luster first half, Bendnter could only match Walcott’s pin-point cross with a header wide after losing his marker and then volleyed a golden opportunity into the stands from close range.
The 22-year-old then guided what looked to be a tap-in off target with the goalkeeper beaten before being finally withdrawn by his manager after 73 minutes.
In the wake of Eboue’s jeering incident last season, the Emirates Stadium crowd could only hide its frustration as Bendtner’s substitution was greeted by applauds rather than boos this time.
The Dane smiled his way to the sidelines but Wenger believes Bendnter had no smiles inside.
“I believe at the surface he looks like ‘okay, I missed the chances’, but underneath he is really disappointed. Everybody has a different way to show his emotions, and he hides well, but he cares.” Wenger said.
“Overall in his game, he was quite good. In his finishing, he missed chance after chance, but if you are a striker, it is like that. You think ‘I missed the first one, but I will score the next one’.”
“Once you have missed the second one, you are in trouble because after you do not know how to take the third one – ‘do I really go for it, or wait for the ball?’ That is what happened to him today.”
“I always feel sorry for someone who missed the chances. Sometimes you are angry with a guy who is not committed enough. You do not miss chances on purpose.”
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