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Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Bendtner claims Carling Cup can inspire Premier League success

Nicklas Bendtner reckons success in the Carling Cup would be a massive boost to Arsenal's bid to win the Premier League title.

The Danish striker is likely to play against Ipswich in the first leg of their Carling Cup semi-final at Portman Road on Wednesday night. That game will be Paul Jewell's first game in charge of the Tractor Boys and will have to inspire confidence as his new side went down 7-0 to Chelsea at the weekend.

Arsenal have endured an up-and-down campaign so far in the Premier League, while they have also failed to really impress in the Champions League and have the hard task of taking on Barcelona in the last 32, a game the football odds suggest will be very tough.

The Gunners have lost five games so far in the league, with three of those defeats coming at home, but thanks to the topsy-turvy nature of the Premier League so far they sit in third only four points behind the leaders Arsenal.

It has been six years since Arsenal last won a trophy and if they make it to the Carling Cup final they will face either of the league strugglers West Ham or Birmingham - and Bendtner reckons lifting the trophy at Wembley would springboard them to the Premier League title and anyone looking to bet on Premier League winner may want to bear this in mind.

"It would be fantastic to win a trophy early on in the season and have something to show for our work already," he said.

"Last season, Manchester United won it and went on to take the Premier League too. Let's hope we can do the same."

It is looking likely that Arsene Wenger is going to have to sign a new defender during the January transfer window. With Thomas Vermaellen struggling with a niggling Achilles problem and Sebastien Squalliaci out with a hamstring problem that leaves only Laurent Koscielny and Johan Djourou as recognised centre backs.

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