It seems that Tottenham star Gareth Bale has proved the catalyst for a great football debate yet again, after the in-form announced that he believes Tottenham have surpassed the likes of rivals Arsenal in squad strength.
In a year which has seen Tottenham remain above Arsenal in the English Premier League for a majority of the season, Bale's comments perhaps come as no surprise to many. They are sure to cause some controversy though, especially considering that Arsene Wenger's men moved to within a point of the Spurs overnight—Andre Villas Boas' side do have a game in hand however.
In an interview with The Sun (via Goal.com) Bale was asked about where he sees his side in relation to their cross-town rivals saying:
I think five or 10 years ago Arsenal were always miles ahead of Tottenham. But that has changed in recent years. Over the past few seasons we have closed that gap and I think now we have overtaken them on the pitch. I think we have the stronger squad.
The Welsh International also called for consistency from his teammates heading into the latter half of the season.
Hopefully we can continue to do that as a club off the pitch as well, with the new stadium that is being built. But on the pitch and as a team now we are a lot more consistent and as a club we're moving in the right direction.
Arsenal may say they are still ahead of us. But whatever people's opinions I don't think anyone can deny we are up there fighting with them on merit now.
Despite finishing in fourth position last season, Tottenham lost out to Arsenal by one point in the league. Ultimately it cost the Spurs their place in the UEFA Champions League after Chelsea took up the fourth English qualifying position.
There is no denying Bale has been Tottenham's best performer this season, netting 13 goals in the EPL alone. Provided his form continues, who's to say he won't single-handedly justify his comments.
Tottenham face West Ham this week with the chance to move four points clear of the Gunners.