Arsenal legend John Hartson has urged Arsene Wenger to make an incredible offer to bring Real Madrid forward Gareth Bale to the Emirates Stadium if the unsettled winger becomes available in the summer.
Chelsea and Manchester United have been heavily linked with the Welsh wizard, and Hartson reckons the Gunners must set out to shock the football world with a real message of intent in the imminent transfer window ahead of next season.
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When asked by talkSPORT if he could see Arsenal competing with the two Premier League giants for Bale’s signature, the 40-year-old said, “He’s out there but are Arsenal the type of club to go and shock the world and go in for Gareth Bale? I don’t know.
“The thing is, if he becomes available, you know Chelsea are going to go in for him and you know Manchester United are going to go in for him. You know that already. Chelsea have got the money and the ambition and Manchester United are showing their ambition right now,” he added.
“For Arsenal to go and compete and appease the supporters and to stop them moaning, they’ve got to go and make a stand and go in for Bale because you know Chelsea and Manchester United will if he becomes available.”
Bale is looking increasingly unhappy at Real Madrid – with Los Blancos supporters continuing to hurl abuse at the former Tottenham Hotspur star, and he could be prepared to turn his back on the Santiago Bernabeu after just two contrasting seasons.
There had been rumours [via the Metro] that Manchester United were on the verge of completing a £300,000 per-week deal for the 25-year-old.
Could Arsenal really be prepared to compete with such an offer – even for one of the world’s finest footballers..?