Saturday September 8 2012
Wenger: 'Bendtner at Juve because...'

Arsene Wenger believes Nicklas Bendtner’s loan spell at Juventus might not become permanent. “He will grow and then return to my team.”

The Danish international went to Turin on loan with option to buy, but by their own admission was not the ‘top player’ they had hoped for.

“It is not for nothing that I loaned him to Juventus. He is a talented player. There he will grow and then return to my team,” Wenger told the Metro newspaper.

“I am convinced that a team like Juventus, in a very difficult league, especially for strikers, he can make the final leap in quality.

“Don’t forget, he is a boy of 24 years. The right age to prove who he is. He is not short of talent – otherwise I would not have bought him at just 16 years old.

“We believe in him and that is why we only gave him to Juventus on loan. I think he can resolve his problems with us and prove himself. We still believe in him.”

It is not clear when Bendtner will make his Bianconeri debut, as he seemed overweight in his first training session and was reportedly put on a strict diet to get him back in shape.

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