Gareth Bale: Tottenham have ‘overtaken’ Arsenal in recent years

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale believes Spurs have "overtaken" their north London rivals Arsenal over the last couple of years

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Gareth Bale has been in fine form for Tottenham this term Photo: Back Page Images

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Gareth Bale has turned up the heat ahead of next Sunday’s north London derby by claiming that Tottenham have “overtaken” Arsenal in recent seasons.

The Gunners were able to close the gap to their north London rivals to just one point with Saturday’s 2-1 win over Aston Villa as the race for a top-four finish intensifies.

Spurs travel to West Ham United on Monday night before hosting Arsenal at White Hart Lane next weekend.

And Bale, who has been Tottenham’s standout performer this season having scored nine goals in his last nine outings for Andre Villas-Boas’s men, feels that Spurs have now edged ahead of the Gunners in terms of quality.

“I think five or 10 years ago Arsenal were always miles ahead of Tottenham but that has changed in recent years,” Bale was quoted as saying by the Sun.

“Over the past few seasons we have closed that gap and I think now we have overtaken them on the pitch. I think we have the stronger squad.”

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