Arsenal legend Ian Wright has made a comparison between Gareth Bale – who is reportedly closing in on a loan move to Tottenham Hotspur – and Gunners captain Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The football media spotlight has been heavily focused on North London in the past few days, with Aubameyang penning a new contract at the Emirates Stadium and Bale seemingly on the brink of a return to Spurs.
Neither Arsenal nor Tottenham had particularly impressive Premier League campaigns last time out, though the Gunners did win the FA Cup and Spurs managed to qualify for the Europa League.
However, both sides have been busy rebuilding behind the scenes, with Mikel Arteta bringing in several high-profile new players as well as getting Aubameyang’s signature on a new deal.
While Tottenham have been more modest in the transfer market up to now, they could be on the verge of bringing arguably the biggest available marquee name in football back to the club where he became a superstar.
‘(Bale’s) ability is undoubted and the Spurs fans should be excited, simply because of the lift it will give them,” Wright told Premier League Productions, via Metro. “It’s no different to what (Arsenal) have got with our talisman Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
“He was their main man and if he comes back and has any kind of impact like that, it’s not only going to give the fans a lift but the dressing room. I think it’s a dressing room that needs a lift as well. For him to come in, it will give the kind of boost that Tottenham really need at this stage of the season.”
While Arsenal have had a summer to remember on the silverware and transfer / contract front, topping it off with a resounding victory in their Premier League opener, it’s not been been quite as lively at Tottenham – at least until now.
Spurs are definitely in need of attacking reinforcements and, while not a No. 9 to cover for Harry Kane, Bale is a world-class talent who, aside from bolstering the Spurs ranks and giving Jose Mourinho a stellar front line, will also draw a lot of media attention and sell a lot of t-shirts.