Keown: If Tottenham's Bale was at Arsenal we'd be talking about him leaving

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown says Tottenham star Gareth Bale will decide their top four hopes.

Former Arsenal defender Martin Keown says Tottenham star Gareth Bale will decide their top four hopes.

Keown wrote in the Daily Mail: "Gareth Bale is an incredible talent. I watched Barcelona play this week and I thought how nicely he would fit into that team.

"If he were playing for Arsenal there would be a lot of talk about: 'Can they keep him?'

"But it doesn't apply in the same way at Spurs, where he's on a long-term deal.

"Last season Robin van Persie was the best player in the Premier League, so Manchester City tried to buy him.

"But he went to Manchester United instead and now they are benefiting from that switch in power.

"Bale is in the same bracket: the sort of player who makes things happen. It will be Bale who decides if Tottenham can finish in the top four."

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