Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger insists that Denmark international striker Nicklas Bendtner is not finished at the club.
Bendtner has joined Sunderland on a season-long loan in search of first-team football after slipping down Wenger's pecking order.
The 23-year-old has already made it clear that he does not plan to return to Emirates Stadium having grown frustrated at his lack of opportunities.
Although Bendtner's stance in clear, Wenger is not ready to write off his career with Arsenal as he remains a fan of the striker's ability.
However, Bendtner is spending the rest of the season with the Black Cats and Wenger accepts the striker needs the desire to come back.
"In our job, you never say never," commented the experienced French tactician.
"You do always what is right for your club. If it is right for the club to get Nicklas Bendtner back, the club will do it. I like him as a player.
"It will not only depend on us, it will depend on him. But we are not there yet - there is a long way to go."