Tottenham Hotspur latest: Including Bale's Arsenal near-miss and UEFA announcement

Gareth Bale

News, views, and speculation relating to Tottenham Hotspur over the past 24 hours.

Tottenham defeated Lyon 2-1 in the Europa League last night courtesy of two stunning free-kicks from Welsh wizard Gareth Bale, which you can view here. 

Bale's double - his ninth and tenth goals in nine for club and country - has been winning praise from all quarters - including from William Gallas, but perhaps the most surprising was a WWE Wrestler who described the winger as the 'Best in Britain'.

Arsene Wenger has been the only 'party pooper' on this unofficial day of praise for Gareth Bale, stating his view that Bale has a long way to go before he can be compared to Cristiano Ronaldo urging everybody to 'slow down'. The Arsenal boss has also revealed for the first time that he nearly signed the Welshman in a double swoop with Theo Walcott while he was at Southampton but elected against it. 

One player who did not impress was striker Emmanuel Adebayor, who registered just one shot - off target - and completed just 60 per cent of his passes. Several Tottenham fans vented their anger about his performance last night and you can read their comments here.

UEFA have announced Steven Caulker's two-match ban for the incident in England's under-21 clash in Serbia has been reduced to a 'warning'. Caulker will also be instructed to carry out a form of community service promoting the game. Serbia will have to play two under-21 games behind closed doors.

Tottenham's under-21 side continued their unstoppable form, defeating Manchester United 3-1. Cristian Ceballos opened the scoring for Spurs, with striker Jon Obika hitting a brace, carrying on his superb start to 2013. Should he be given an opportunity ahead of Adebayor in the first team? The match was also notable due to Ezekiel Fryers' playing against his old side for the first time and coming out on top; although perhaps the Mail describing it as 'sticking the boot into Fergie' is overstating it slightly.

Tottenham have finalised David Bentley's loan to Blackburn, and he could make an immediate impact against Spurs rivals and his former club Arsenal, as he will go straight into the squad for the FA Cup fixture at the Emirates tomorrow.

Is Lewis Holtby a better fit for AVB's Tottenham than Rafael van der Vaart? Spurs supporter Nick Harris believes so and explains why here.

Tottenham have a weekend off due to their FA Cup elimination by Leeds United, with their next fixture away to Lyon next Thursday and then away at West Ham the following Monday, followed by the North London Derby the next weekend.


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