Wenger says winger’s form will dip.
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger has added fuel to the fire ahead of Sunday’s crucial North London derby by predicting that Gareth Bale’s hot-streak will not last.
Bale, 23, has scored nine goals in his last seven games for club and county and his form has led to comparisons with Ballon d’Or winners Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.
The Welshman is likely to be crucial to Sunday’s outcome, with Spurs currently sitting third in the Premier League, four points ahead of their fifth-placed neighbours.
Wenger hinted by the Lilywhites were something of a one-man team at present and claimed that it is only a matter of time before Bale’s form dips.
When asked if Bale can maintain his current form, Wenger responded: “No, to maintain that percentage, and I think it’s certainly the best in Europe in terms of conversion rate and chances created, is very, very difficult.
“Having a player like that is a tremendous thing for manager to have because at some stage, and I’ve said this many times, our sport, as much as we love it as a team sport, becomes an individual sport.
“Look at Barca versus Real Madrid. It is always Messi versus Ronaldo. All the rest are good players, great players. But if these two individuals are not having a good day the result of the game is influenced by it and that’s why everybody fights for the big players.”