Video: Arsenal legend claims Gareth Bale is looking like the player of old ahead of derby

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Former Arsenal striker Alan Smith has claimed that Gareth Bale has rediscovered his appetite for football in recent weeks.

The 31-year-old moved back to North London on a season long loan deal from Real Madrid in the summer where a knee issue delayed his second debut for the club and looked somewhat off the pace.

Smith admitted that the Welshman’s return to form has taken longer than many would have expected but is now looking much more like the Gareth Bale of old.

Bale was named on the bench for Thursday’s Europa League first leg tie against Dinamo Zagreb and will be hoping to be involved in tomorrow’s North London derby against Arsenal at the Emirates.

A victory for Spurs could see them go ten points ahead of their rivals in the table and keep their hopes of a top four finish alive.

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