Sunderland’s Seb Larsson’s warm welcome for new boy Nicklas Bendtner

Nicklas Bendtner has been given a warm welcome by new team-mate Seb Larsson.
Nicklas Bendtner has been given a warm welcome by new team-mate Seb Larsson.

SEB Larsson has backed Nicklas Bendtner’s decision to end his Arsenal misery after linking up with the Dane for the third time in his career.

Sunderland’s two Scandinavians have enjoyed similar career paths after coming through the ranks in North London.

The pair enjoyed a promotion-winning loan spell together at Birmingham and following Bendtner’s deadline day move to Sunderland, have now renewed acquaintances at the Stadium of Light.

While Larsson left Arsenal on a permanent basis six years ago for regular Premier League football, Bendtner has grown frustrated at his lack of opportunities over the last 18 months, with the on-loan striker expected to part all ties from the Emirates in the summer.

In the meantime, Bendtner can enjoy a starting spot with Sunderland and has already made his presence felt after playing an influential role in last weekend’s first victory of the campaign against Stoke City.

Read Seb Larsson’s comments in full in today’s Sportmail.