Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger says Nicklas Bendtner will get first team opportunities this season

Bendtner scored in the League Cup penalty shoot-out victory over West Brom. Photo: PA

Manager Arsene Wenger is ready to recall his first-team regulars when Premier League action resumes at Swansea on Saturday afternoon, but is in no doubt the likes of Nicklas Bendtner and Thomas Eisfield can make a major impact this season.

Wenger hopes the gruelling efforts of a dramatic penalty shoot-out victory in the Capital One Cup tie at West Brom on Wednesday night will not have taken too much out of those players likely to be in his plans for the trip to Wales, with midfielder Mikel Arteta having got a full 90 minutes under his belt on return from a thigh problem.

Bendtner marked his return from a two-season absence with a positive display in attack, and will feel he could have done better when played clean through on goal late on, while Germany youth international Eisfield had opened the scoring with a well-taken effort before West Brom fought back to take the match into extra-time.

Wenger is confident both Bendtner - who saw his move away from the Emirates Stadium blocked on transfer deadline day - and Eisfield will continue to make progress within the squad.

"You don't arrive at a club at the age of 15 like he (Bendtner) did and have all these years here without having any feeling for the club. He's still an Arsenal boy," Wenger said to Arsenal Player.

"I think he has an honest feeling for the club. He wanted to leave because he had some turbulence in his career. He wanted to play, you can understand that completely and I accepted it. It [the move] didn't work and now he's ready for a fight. He will get his chance."

Wenger added: "You have to take your hat off to him because he has worked very hard. Physically, he is the guy who has worked the hardest of all because he came back in a very bad shape."