Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta has admitted that the challenge for his side has been made harder this season due to Gareth Bale’s impending arrival to the Premier League.
The Welshman looks set to make a sensational return to the club where he made his name seven years after he decided to swap the white of Spurs for that of Real Madrid.
The winger was seen riding into Hotspur Way on Friday evening amidst fanfare and supporters will be hoping that he gets back to terrorising Premier League defences just as he did during his first spell.
The 31-year-old has a fine record in North London Derbies, with Mikel Arteta being on the receiving end of some bruising derby defeats during his time as an Arsenal player courtesy of goals from the Welshman
The Gunners boss certainly has not forgotten the quality that Bale possesses by the sound of things.
When asked about his return, Arteta told The Metro: “The Premier League in its history has always had the best players in the world.
“I think Gareth has been one of the most significant names that left the Premier League years ago to go to Spain.
“So I think it’s really positive to bring really important players back to the league and it will be a challenge because we know at his best what he can do.
“I think the competition from every club, the way they are recruiting and improving their squad, is making this league harder and harder.”
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It really is a massive shame that fans will not be at the stadium to give Bale the welcome that he deserves. Regardless, it will be a brilliant sight to see Bale ripping the likes of Arsenal and Chelsea to shreds again, which he is certainly capable of once he gets match fit.
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