Trebles all round for Bendy and the boys...

Nicklas Bendtner was on the trebles last night — and Arsene Wenger didn’t mind a bit. Bendy got caught with his trousers down outside a nightclub earlier in the season and took a bollocking from AW for his troubles.
But he was the toast of the Arsenal with a hat-trick against Porto in a 5-0 triumph as we moved into the Champions League quarter-finals. And the papers are full of it this morning as you can imagine – hypocrites that they are!
The Sun had to eat humble pie in a massive way and fair play to them for in today’s paper they have issued a public aplogy to the Great Dane. ‘The Sun unreservedly apologises to Nicklas Bendtner after his stunning treble sent the Gunners storming into the Champions League quarter-finals. We may have inadvertently given the impression Bendtner could not hit a cow’s Arsenal with a banjo after his misses against Burnley. But last night the giant striker proved he is the greatest ever striker to grace the Emirates with the first treble of his career to crush Porto.
So who do we want in the next round? Chelsea or the Mancs if you listen to AW. He told the Mail: ‘I have a funny feeling,’ he said.‘Maybe it will be good for us to play an English team. We have not done well against Chelsea or Manchester United this year and it would be good to show what we can do against them.
‘I don’t have a choice but if I did, I would say yes. We can’t do any worse than we did in the Premier League.’
The paper records that as well as Bendy’s three strikes, Samir Nasri, with a brilliant solo effort, and Emmanuel Eboue chipped in.
It adds that we have lost home and away to both United and Chelsea this season but are now brimming with confidence and AW added: ‘If I don’t smile tonight I will never smile. We controlled the game, played our fluent football and had a positive start with early goals which gave us the belief. We did what we like to do, we won with style and always went forward in a positive way.’
Bendy said in the Mirror:  “This will give us a lot of confidence. We want to win the Champions League. It’s something we haven’t done,” said Bendtner after overcoming his nightmare against Burnley.
“Every time I play a game I put it behind me as soon as it’s finished. Sometimes it’s one of those days and today I put it right. I’m happy with my hat-trick, but tomorrow we move on.”
In the same paper Oliver Holt picks out Sol Campbell’s display. ‘There are plenty of second acts in the lives of English footballers, plenty of comeback stories, plenty of career resurrections. But few of them have been as dramatic and as unexpected as the return to Arsenal colours of Sol Campbell.
A few months ago, Campbell was being booed at Morecambe as he contemplated seeing out the winter of his career with Notts County in League Two. Last night, in the fifth game since his rebirth, his solid display in the centre of defence helped Arsenal keep a vital clean sheet against FC Porto and propelled them into the quarter-finals of the Champions League.’
Of course, Nasri’s superb display shouldn’t be overlooked and with Cesc Fabregas a doubt for the trip to Hull his displays could prove vital.
The Telegraph says AW rates Fabregas a only 50-50 to recover from his hamstring problem in time for Saturday’s Premier League game. “What Nasri has shown in the game, he has shown in training and I have expected that to come out,” said AW. “He has talent and now he starts to be efficient – great players can assist and score goals, he is starting to do that now.”
Final word, as always, must go to Henry Norris in the Bugle who writes: “Well done Bendtner — your hat-trick will shut up a few critics especially that odious creep Stan Collymore whose prediction for last night was 1-1…sad Villa clown.”

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