Last Updated: Mon, 02 Apr 2012 15:30
Martin O'Neill has not thought about a permanent move for Nicklas Bendtner and believes he could still have a future with Arsenal.
Bendtner's time at the Emirates Stadium appeared to be up after Arsene Wenger loaned the Dane to Sunderland and the player has hardly ripped up trees during his time at the Stadium of Light.
However the striker has started to find his feet and four goals in the last five games, including one against Manchester City at the weekend, has led to talk of O'Neill landing him permanently.
Despite the talk, the Black Cats boss seems happy to wait and has not ruled out the possibility of him fighting his way back in at Arsenal.
"I've not thought about his future at all," said O'Neill. "I've not mentioned it to him, there's no point in putting pressure on anyone at the moment.
"He's played very well and may think that with that type of performance he's still capable of breaking into Arsenal's squad."
However the fact remains that Wenger is looking to clear the decks and slash the wage bill in the summer and Bendtner looks set to be one of several players who will be allowed to leave.
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