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Will Bale be the difference for Tottenham in pipping Arsenal to a Champions League place?

 

Gareth Bale's form of late has silenced any critics who said he was just an 'on his day' player, and given the dynamic duo of Ronaldo/Messi serious competition as one of football's greatest talents.

Last night was not the first time he has almost won the game for his side on his own, after opening the scoring last night before watching his team go behind to an Andy Carroll penalty and a Joe Cole effort in the second half.

Sigurdsson equalised for Spurs before a fantastic long range strike from Bale grabbed all three points, and took Spurs 3rd, leapfrogging a flagging Chelsea.

Despite Chelsea's dip in form, with the North London derby on Sunday, many still believe it will be either Spurs or Arsenal who will be playing Champions League football next season.

Spurs are now unbeaten in eleven games in the Premier League, which it has to be said has not all been down to Bale, whilst in that time Arsenal have lost twice and won 7. 

Arsenal have never failed to finish outside the top four under Arsene Wenger, but with Bale, and Spurs as a result, in such good form, it could well be the double blow of finishing outside the top four, and at the expense of their fiercest rivals.

Sunday's game will be even more significant as should Spurs win they will be eight points clear of the Gunners with only eight games remaining. The big question still remains though- how will Arsenal, or anyone for that matter, stop Bale?

Bale has long been admired by Real Madrid, and should Spurs not qualify for Champions League football it could well be that he moves to the Spanish giants in the summer. 


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