This afternoon, #AskBale has been trending on Twitter. The hashtag, began by the Welshman at 2:11 p.m., invited followers to write in and pose questions to him during his lunch break, asking him anything they want to know, and attempting to reconcile the man and the miracle worker.
Gareth Bale @GarethBale11
Just finished a late lunch, got 15 minutes... #AskBale GO!2013-4-17 13:11:56
Unfortunately for all involved (apart from amused onlookers), the question session is in the process of descending into a farce, with Arsenal fans intent on ridiculing Bale and his club. While one can’t help but cringe at the thought of the young Welsh wonder reading about references to his uncanny likeness to a chimpanzee, his namesake Christian Bale, or to the perception that he has been carrying Spurs throughout the season, it’s impossible to suppress a smile as you read some of these questions.
Sam Brown @SamBrown2011
#AskBale Does it keep you up at night knowing you'll never achieve your full potential or win any trophies because you signed with spurs?2013-4-17 15:13:52
Opposition fans were particularly keen to make reference to the notion, prevalent this season, that Spurs have been a one-man team, with Bale too often papering over the weaknesses and inconsistencies of his teammates. While Spurs clearly have enough quality within their ranks to compete without their Welsh winger, the fact that the North London giants haven't won this year unless Bale has scored, must be worrying coach Andre Villas-Boas.
Arsenal FC @FFArsenal
#AskBale @GarethBale11 Do you get enough sun light because after all you are in our shadow constantly?2013-4-17 14:15:06
It certainly hasn't concerned Arsenal fans, who delighted in picking up on this perception.
Alex Batt @AlexBatt
#AskBale Is it a back injury that is keeping you out after you've carried 10 other players for several months now?2013-4-17 13:31:51
Others were keen to remind Bale, and his Spurs cohorts, of the parallels that exist between this season and last, when Spurs threw away a seemingly insurmountable lead to surrender a Champions League place to their fierce rivals.
The notion that Bale is a diver, and that he's adverse to bending the rules of a contest, were also picked upon.
REDaction Gooners @REDactionAFC
What does Tim Huddlestone eat for a snack, when he gets hungry between 2nd lunch and 1st dinner? #askbale2013-4-17 13:17:32
Similarly, some of Bale's Tottenham teammates came in for some stick. The cumbersome, and somewhat bulky midfielder, Tommy Huddlestone was in for some specific criticism.
Arsenal FC @FFArsenal
#AskBale @GarethBale11 How many banana's a week are you on a moment with Tottenham?2013-4-17 14:10:14
Last, but not least, the player's uncanny likeness to a primate prompted some particularly cruel jibes.