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Tottenham Star Sticks The Knife In To Arsenal

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale admits Arsenal are a team on the decline, following the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has claimed Arsenal are a team on the decline, following the sales of Cesc Fabregas and Samir Nasri.

The Welsh midfielder believes his side took full advantage of Arsenal’s vulnerability in Sunday’s North London triumph.

“Arsenal have lost a few players, which makes them more beatable I think as that has damaged the way they play,” said the Spurs midfielder. “We exposed that. I think keeping your best players is a massive thing. They are used to how you play and what you do. It is vitally important to do that and build your team around them.

“It is important that we have kept him [Modric], and Arsenal were unlucky not to keep theirs.

Despite the claims, Bales insists Arsenal are only going to improve.

“But they are still a great team. They haven’t had the best of starts but I am sure they will improve. They have a lot of young players who are going to grow up in the next season or two and learn a lot. I am sure they will be fine.

“For us it’s massive for to beat the bigger teams, and especially our local rivals, which is important – not just for us but the fans.”

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  1. Judith Le'Strange

    October 4, 2011 at 12:41 pm

    Gareth Bale should keep his mouth shut, remember what goes around comes around & hopefully when you next play us you get thrashed well and truly. You’re a nothing team with a crook for a manager, who aspires to be England Manager.

    • Darren W

      October 4, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      Pipe down woman!! Bale was obviously asked about it by the press as referred to Modric as ‘he’ with this artcial not mentioning him elsewhere. Youre being just as graceful as that idiot goalkeeper of yours who has been piping up instead of just taking a defeat!

      • Dinno Abby

        October 4, 2011 at 1:37 pm

        Yes, Bale has the right to his opinion and so does Szczesny. What give you the right to call him idiot? If you have your own opinion, by all mean voice it up.

        Btw, Arsenal is a team in transition, having to cope with the loss of Cesc and Nasri and the long list of injuries. Souldn’t take a genius to know that. Let’s wait for the end of the season before we pass any judgement. Let it be remembered that Arsenal has been competing in the CL for the past 14 years and I believe the team has what it takes to continue the tradition.

        To be fair to Bale, he didn’t say anything wrong and he certainly didn’t say that Arsenal is a team on the decline. He even acknowledged that Arsenal is still a great team and would surely improve.

        • Darren W

          October 4, 2011 at 3:38 pm

          Yeah you are right I was saying a bit of that to wind up Judith for those comments! lol
          But I still think Szczesny is an idiot but that goes back to him provoking the crowd in the 3-3 draw.

          Your team in transition part is optimistic (fair play I would be the same!) as this transfer window turned you into a selling club (Arteta + great signing but nothing on Nasri and Fabregas, not sure about Yussi).

          The Champions league part, 14 years and still only 3-4 months is all it takes for half your fans to turn on Wenger!

          But trying not to stray from the point most of these articals are press fuelled anyway.

  2. Greg

    October 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm

    Bale was only speaking the truth…if anything i think he was being complimentary.
    So long Arsenal, your name reflects the way you play….
    Go the Spurs!!

    • shooy

      October 4, 2011 at 1:16 pm

      Your lot deserved the win. A pity you’ve got no class with your petty insulting comments. We’ll see what the future holds, but don’t be too sure it’s all going to go your way. Bale indeed spoke the truth; it is massive to beat the bigger teams!

      • Greekos

        October 4, 2011 at 1:36 pm

        I would say there has been some pretty insulting comments from both sides so get off your high horse.

  3. ScotchEggsRule

    October 4, 2011 at 1:04 pm

    Greg, writ eus off at your peril, you’ve been in our shadwow in the main for 22+ years. This is despite Bale doing absolutely bugger all for the 90 minutes. The worlds most over rated player.

    • Darren W

      October 4, 2011 at 3:39 pm

      Thats why he got man of the match from quite a few sources!!

  4. Efrem

    October 4, 2011 at 1:10 pm


  5. Andy Arsenal

    October 4, 2011 at 2:07 pm

    Pretty honest words from Bale.
    Im a gooner and I agree with everything he has said.
    He could of said alot worse!
    Like we a re S**T which we are!

  6. Gooner S

    October 4, 2011 at 3:27 pm

    I dont see how this is “putting the knife in”.

    Its pretty well reasoned.

  7. Time up AW

    October 4, 2011 at 3:46 pm

    agree with gooner S…i though bale was restrained in his comments.He is also a fabulous player that has walcotts pace but uses the ball as well!
    i predicted we would lose i guess we did well!

  8. Arsen

    October 4, 2011 at 8:52 pm

    What is not shown in this article, Bale said “Arsenal don’t scare them any more”, Well said Arsenal’s form is temporary and will bounce back soon. Totenham has never scared anyone and I am sure will never scare any team as you will always be an average team. You played a weaker Arsenal team you will ever face at home and got a lucky win. If that is your ultimate target to get a result against Arsenal and finishing outside the top 4 which I am sure if not Arsenal Liverpool will finish above you, you should know you are not playing in the top team of England.

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