By Phil Duncan
Arsene Wenger insists there could be a route back for Nicklas Bendtner at the Emirates as the Arsenal boss refuses to panic over his side's lack of activity in the transfer market.
Bendtner, who hasn't played for the Gunners in over two years following loan spells at Sunderland and Juventus, appeared set to leave the North London club this summer.
Wenger has been left with just two recognised strikers in Olivier Giroud and free signing Yaya Sanogo after Lukas Podolski was ruled out for up to 10 weeks with a hamstring injury sustained in the 2-0 win over Fenerbahce on Tuesday.
A welcome return? Nicklas Bendtner, who played for Juventus last term, hasn't featured for Arsenal since 2011
Yellow peril: Bendtner's last goal for Arsenal in the Premier League came in December 2010 against Wigan
Bendtner's record at Arsenal
Signed: July 1, 2005 from FC Copenhagen
Appearances: 157 Goals: 43
And despite marking a new striker his priority this summer, Wenger has now been forced to turn to Bendtner after failed moves for Luis Suarez, Wayne Rooney and Gonzalo Higuain.
'The chance for him to leave now is very small and if he comes back well and gets fit, I will use him,' said Wenger on the Denmark international.
Injury blow: Lukas Podolski was ruled out for up to 10 weeks after picking up a hamstring injury
Legendary actor Clive Dunn played Lance Corporal Jones (right) in hit TV series Dad's Army. His catchphrase was 'Don't panic! Don't panic!' Wenger insists he won't be panicking as the transfer deadline day approaches
The Arsenal boss is under pressure to make signings following a summer in which he has failed to spend a single penny on additions to his squad. But Wenger insists he won't 'panic buy' before the transfer window shuts on Monday.
'We will not panic buy, that is for sure. You can believe me. It is not my strength to panic.
'I can give you my phone and you will see I have more than 50 players offered to me a day.
'I'm completely happy with what we do and how we do things. I don't share the criticisms that are made of my (transfer) team.'
Don't panic: Arsene Wenger remains hopeful of new additions at the Emirates before the window shuts
While Wenger has made just two additions to his squad this summer in Sanogo and Mathieu Flamini - both on free transfers - rivals Tottenaham have spent over 100milllion on new signings.
Roberto Soldado, Etienne Capoue, Nacer Chadli, Paulinho and Vlad Chiriches have all signed for Tottenham with Erik Lamela and Christian Eriksen poised to follow.
But speaking ahead of Tottenham's visit to the Emirates on Sunday, Wenger appeared to suggest that Spurs could encounter problems with so many new faces.
New arrivals: Roberto Soldado (left) and Etienne Capoue are part of Tottenham's new-look squad this season
Welcome aboard: Midfielder Paulinho arrived from Corinthians in a 17million deal
'There is a technical risk when you buy more than three players because you unbalance a bit the stability of your squad,' added Wenger.
I know all the players they bought, but we will see how well they integrate. It's difficult to predict that. It can click fantastically well but there is a little risk.
'Honestly I must confess I am not too worried about their risk and what they do.'
Wenger added: 'What is important for us is to get on a winning run. We have win the last three so it is important we continue that.
'The game is a good opportunity for us to show our strengths against Tottenham because they have strengthened their team.'