Gareth Bale would not get a game at Arsenal, Jack Wilshere claims
Gareth Bale ‘wouldn’t get a game for Arsenal’ and would ‘hold back their young players’ if he joined, claims Jack Wilshere in scathing verdict on the star’s demise as he weighs shock-free transfer to Cardiff
- Gareth Bale has been linked with a host of clubs following his departure from Real Madrid
- But Jack Wilshere doesn’t want him at Arsenal, because he could hinder the progress of the stars
- The former midfielder claims the attacker ‘wouldn’t get a game’ at the Emirates
- Bale has spoken to Cardiff City about a move and has also visited their training ground
Jack Wilshere has claimed that Gareth Bale would not get a ‘game’ at Arsenal, and he believes the veteran free agent would hold back even their young players.
Bale is currently without a club after leaving Real Madrid at the end of the season, although he has held talks with Cardiff and visited their training ground.
A number of other teams have been linked with him, but Wilshere, a former Emirates midfielder, says the 32-year-old would be in the pecking order.
Gareth Bale wouldn’t break into Arsenal if he joined, Jack Wilshere has claimed
He wondered if he would like Bale to join the club, Wilshere . told me talkSPORT: ‘No.
“I’m looking at the players who would play in that position and it’s young players who have been arguably the best players at Arsenal in recent years.
“So one, I don’t think he’s getting a game. And if he does, I think he’ll stop one of those players.”
Arsenal already have players like Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Nicolas Pepe who can play wide, while also keen to sign Raphinha from Leeds.
During talkSPORT, Wilshere also said the veteran would hinder the progress of young stars
That could mean Bale will have to settle elsewhere, with Cardiff in contention.
When asked if a move to the Welsh side was realistic, Bale said: “I can’t really say.
‘I haven’t really thought about it that much. I don’t really know if the default makes a big difference.
‘A football match is a football match. I feel like I will never really lose my quality on the ball. I think it’s a conversation that needs to be had.
Wales Bale is a free agent after leaving Real Madrid but could return to his home country
He has held talks with Cardiff and visited their training ground (above: Bale pictured in 2020)
“I have to make sure I play games and be as fit as possible, it’s going to be hugely important.
“Now when I entered this camp, I was not fit at all. I didn’t have much playing time at all. Sometimes I can get away with it.
“Ideally I want to play a World Cup match and be as fit as possible for as long as possible.”