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Gareth Bale has been ruling the roost in North-London this season, winning game after game for Tottenham Hotspur in their bid to secure a Champions League spot. As a result, Tottenham’s local rivals Arsenal are in the chasing pack for a change, with four points separating the two sides at the moment. But Arsene Wenger doesn’t seem to have any regrets over missing out on Bale all those years ago when Theo Walcott was chosen ahead of the Welshman.
The two wingers were rising through the ranks at a rapid rate in Southampton and Arsenal cherry-picked Walcott. Wenger isn’t spending sleepless nights over what might have been if he had signed Bale from the south-coast as he told the BBC: “At some stage, we were on about taking the two if possible. But we could get Walcott and I am very happy we got him. You'd be amazed by the number of players we should have signed. Every club misses players.”
While Bale has been grabbing the headlines with his match-winning performances, Walcott isn’t too far behind when it comes down to statistics. In fact, Walcott has a goal more than the 17 netted by Bale this season and the Englishman has also provided more assists than his former team-mate.
Bale’s penchant for spectacular goals, including from the free-kick spot, has contributed to the hype surrounding the 23 year old, with the tedious comparisons with Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo being trumpeted yet again. The scoring records of Messi and Ronaldo are phenomenal to say the least and any comparisons with the legendary duo would be premature as Wenger alluded to: “Bale has the potential to develop and become the players that you compare him to. However, Messi has won two or three Champions League, a few championships, scored 95 goals in a year, so let's not go too quickly.”
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