Arsenal not tackling Tottenham's Bale as a special case
Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger will not be making any specials plans to try to shackle Gareth Bale in Sunday's derby at White Hart Lane. The Welshman - once scouted by Arsenal when a youngster at Southampton - is being heralded as one of the best in Europe, up alongside Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
"We don't plan for anybody. It is always the same - focus on our strengths and forget about your opponent," said Wenger. "There is nobody special that you least like to face. All players have different qualities.
"What is important when you are a manager is that you are focused, that hasn't changed over the last 15 years, you always make sure your team is at its best, prepares well and focuses on playing the football that we love.
"What is important before a game like that is just to focus on our game and forget all the rest."