Former Arsenal star Jack Wilshere has claimed that Tottenham legend Gareth Bale would not get a game at the Gunners.
Bale is currently closing in on a move to Championship side Cardiff City he he prepares to leave Real Madrid at the end of his contract. The Wales captain has endured a challenging past few years at Los Blancos, having previously starred for Spurs in the Premier League.
A number of clubs were interested in bringing in the attacker, including teams in the top-flight. But having been spotted at Cardiff's training ground on Wednesday, he now looks set to complete a fairytale move to the Bluebirds.
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While Arsenal were never one of the teams linked with a move for Bale, Wilshere believes he would not have found a home at the Gunners anyway. Instead the midfielder insisted that Bale would have struggled for game-time under Mikel Arteta.
"I look at the players who would be playing in that position and they're young players who have arguably been Arsenal's best players over the past couple of years. So one, I don't think he gets a game. And if he does, I think he'd be holding those players back," Wilshere told talkSPORT.
Those players are the likes of Bukayo Saka, Emile Smith Rowe and Gabriel Martinelli, all of whom have starred under Arteta. Bale meanwhile struggled for opportunities under Carlo Ancelotti at Madrid last season.
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Even so, he still picked up a La Liga and Champions League winner's medal, having been part of the squad that lifted both trophies. Wilshere's analysis matters little now though, with Bale looking all but certain to move to Cardiff.
The Bluebirds have long been seen as his most likely destination if he did not retire after leaving the Bernabeu. Having met boss Steve Morrison on Wednesday, a deal for a free transfer would appear to be close.
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