£86m ex-Spurs star Gareth Bale: I like to see Arsenal lose

Former Tottenham Hotspur star says he enjoys it when Arsenal lose.

Gareth Bale may be in Spain, but his heart is still on the Tottenham side of North London.

The Welshman left Spurs in a world record transfer to sign for Real Madrid at £86 million a summer ago, and won the Champions League in his first season.

He still knows how to keep the affections of Tottenham fans however, admitting he still checks the Premier League scores and hopes old rivals Arsenal suffer defeat.

He told The Telegraph: "I loved my time at Tottenham and the fans were always incredible to me. I think they understood that the opportunity to join Real Madrid was a once-in-a lifetime chance and at the time I was playing well and I wanted to test myself.

"Without Real Madrid, I would have loved to still be playing for Spurs. But winning the Champions League shows exactly why I wanted to make the move.

"I still want Arsenal to lose and Spurs to win, though."

The problem is for Bale, he has not had much go his way on that front. Last season his former Spurs boss Andre Villas-Boas was sacked early in the season, and Tottenham finished in sixth position, failing again to qualify for the Champions League.

To compound matters, rivals Arsenal ended their trophy drought winning the FA Cup, and this season already the Gunners have a healthy lead.

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