Tottenham’s Gareth Bale hopes to avenge derby defeat against Arsenal

Tottenham's Gareth Bale says Spurs want to avenge last November's north London derby defeat when the two sides meet on Sunday

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Gareth Bale has scored 12 goals in his last 13 games Photo: Back Page Images

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Gareth Bale has warned Arsenal that Tottenham are out to avenge their north London derby defeat earlier in the season at White Hart Lane on Sunday.

Andre Villas-Boas’s side were a goal up before the Gunners came storming back to win 5-2 courtesy of strikes for Per Mertesacker, Lukas Podolski, Olivier Giroud, Santi Cazorla and Theo Walcott.

Tottenham have made steady progress in race for a top-four finish, with Monday night’s Bale-inspired 3-2 victory over West Ham helping Spurs leapfrog rivals Chelsea and move into third position.

And the Wales international insists Tottenham are full of confidence after their recent run of results and are ready to boost their Champions League hopes at the expense of their rivals.

“It’s one we want to win,” said Bale. “We started well last time and the [Adebayor’s] sending-off was a problem. We want to rectify that score now and hopefully get the three points.

“We go into the game full of confidence, looking for three points to boost our hopes of getting into the Champions League.

“It’s massive. We know how big it is – not just for us but for the fans.”

Bale, who has scored six of Tottenham’s last seven Premier League goals, also admits that he is growing accustomed to be marked more closely by defenders.

“I’m starting to get used to that now. It inspires me to keep going,” added the Southampton youth graduate.

“I’m obviously causing problems if they have to keep taking me down.”

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