We don’t plan for anybody! Arsenal’s Wenger not focused on Bale threat

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger insists he will not prepare a special plan to deal with the threat of Gareth Bale at Tottenham 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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Arsene Wenger insists he will not prepare a special plan to deal with the threat of Gareth Bale when Arsenal travel to Tottenham on Sunday.

Bale, who has scored 19 goals in all competitions this term, has been Tottenham’s standout performer this season and was on form again on Monday as his brace inspired Spurs to a 3-2 victory at West Ham United.

But when asked how Arsenal would deal with Bale on Sunday, Wenger said: “We don’t plan for anybody. There is no player that you are scared to meet.

“This is a must-win game. It is down to results on the football pitch. Spurs always had great players. We try to win the game.”

Wenger’s side head into Sunday’s showdown knowing that a Spurs victory will allow their local rivals to open up a seven-point lead over them with 10 games left to play.

And the Arsenal boss needs no reminding of the significance of the game, with both sides vying for a top-four finish and a place in next season’s Champions League.

“We cannot drop points,” said Wenger, whose side are currently fifth. “Every game is a must-win game. We will have the same approach [on Sunday].

“It will be important to stay calm and focused. The game on Sunday will have a psychological importance for the rest of the season. In the last 12 games, we’ve won nine. We’ve made 28 points out of 36.”

He added: “It’s a derby and [will be] a very intense game as usual. We have a good record in the last 15 or 16 years and we want to maintain that.”

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