Former Tottenham Hotspur hero Gareth Bale admits he was an Arsenal fan growing up

The Welsh international is now enjoying his time at Real Madrid.

Gareth Bale may have once been a Tottenham Hotspur hero, but he has now confirmed that he was in fact an Arsenal supporter growing up.

The Welshman told radio programme El Larguero many things in his first radio interview since joining Real Madrid in the summer of 2013. His interview was transcribed by Diario AS and after he was asked what team he supported in the Premier League as a youngster, he responded:

"I used to like Arsenal a lot, but when I moved to Tottenham of course I liked them less - but I really liked Thierry Henry and Patrick Viera, Those kind of players. They were incredible."

Of course Bale's revelation will not come as a surprise to many. It has long been said that the former Tottenham Hotspur hero was an Arsenal fan growing up.

In fact Welsh rugby union captain and famous Tottenham fan Sam Warburton said in 2012, as reported by Red London:

“He was head and shoulders above everyone in the school team at Whitchurch. He was phenomenal.

“My dream was to play at White Hart Lane but for Gareth, he supported Arsenal. We would always have a bit of a banter about Tottenham and Arsenal in school.”

But Bale himself has never truly opened himself up to the rumour. Now, considering he is no longer a Tottenham player, he probably feels comfortable enough to talk about eh fact he was an Arsenal fan as a kid.

Bale left Tottenham for Real Madrid in a world record £85.3 million move back in September 2013 and has since gone on to score 36 goals in 72 games for the club, including one in the Champions League final.

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