16/01/2014 05:21 GMT | Updated 25/01/2014 16:01 GMT

26 Pictures Of Arsenal Striker Nicklas Bendtner At His Worst

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Arsenal's Nicklas Bendtner celebrates scoring during the Barclays Premier League match at the Emirates Stadium, London.

Nicklas Bendtner, the occasionally risible Arsenal striker, is 26 years young today.

The Dane actually has a role to play at the Emirates Stadium this season after two years on loan at Sunderland and then, bizarrely, Juventus, as Arsène Wenger mulls over whether to sign a striker.

Bendtner, whose two goals this term were winners against Hull and Cardiff, is out of contract in the summer, when his nine-year association the Gunners will likely come to an end.

With Theo Walcott out injured until next season and Lukas Podolski the only other alternative to first-choice striker, Bendtner could yet emerge as a hero for Arsenal as they attempt to end their nine-year trophy drought.

And in tribute to the not-so-great Dane, here are 26 of his finest pictures...

Happy Birthday 26th Nicklas Bendtner