Quiz: Who do you think you’re kidding, Nic?

Here’s a little test for you.

Put the following Arsenal strikers in order in terms of ability and goalscoring:

Robin van Persie


Andrey Arshavin

Manu Adebayor

Carlos Vela

Nic Bendtner

If your order varies hugely from that I have listed, you see football very differently to me – and I guess that’s what makes the game so great.

I would like to put Adebayor further up, but his form this season has not lived up to his explosive impact last year. Is that down to getting a new contract and not bothering? Or is it just that defenders have sussed him out since last year and he is now not such a surprise to them?

Either way, the fact remains that Nic Bendtner is not our top striker.

I would even suggest that on his current form, Jay Simpson would move ahead of the Dane when he returns from his loan at West Brom.

I remember Samuel Mowbray, our Veteran, slating Bendtner at the start of the season as not being good enough and receiving a barrage of abuse from fellow Addicts.

I wasn’t totally sure at the time, but now I am certain that Big Nic is only ever an asset to the side when he comes off the bench. That is when his impact is pronounced such as against T*tt*nh*m last year or Hull this season, for instance.

We should be grateful for having him, of course, because as a fourth or fifth choice striker, he is far better than that which most sides can call upon.

But the problem for Bendtner is that he thinks he is so much better than he is.

A spat with Adebayor last season, not celebrating with his team-mates or applauding the fans after the game are all elements of his arrogance which have increased recently.

No wonder he says: “It does not really matter to me who is fit and available. I should start every game, I should be playing every minute of every match and always be in the team."

Well show us tonight, Nic, show us against a Championship side that your appalling finishing against Burnley in the Carling Cup was a one-off and carry great form in the Premier League.

Everyone wants you to do well, despite the lime or pink boots. But walk the walk, don’t just talk the talk.