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Former Tottenham winger Gareth Bale labelled ‘not good enough’ to get a game at Arsenal

Jack Wilshere believes Gareth Bale is ‘not good enough’ to get a game for Arsenal and would ‘hold other players back’ if he did join the Gunners.

The 32-year-old is currently a free agent after leaving Real Madrid and has held talks over a move to Championship side Cardiff City, while also being linked with a return to Tottenham and a highly unlikely switch to The Emirates.

Bale secured his £85.3 million move to Real Madrid in 2013 after an outstanding spell at Spurs.

But Wilshere believes the winger’s best days and well and truly behind him. Adding that Bale would not even make the cut in Mikel Arteta’s squad.

Asked if he would sign Bale at the Emirates, Wilshere told talkSPORT: “No. I look at the players who would be playing in that position and they’re young players who have arguably been Arsenal’s best players over the last few years.

“So one, I don’t think he gets a game. And if he does, I think he’d be holding one of those players back.”

Shock Cardiff move still an option

When asked if a move to Cardiff was realistic, Bale said last week: “I can’t really say.

“I haven’t really thought too much about that. I don’t really know if the standard makes too much of a difference.

“A football game is a football game. I feel like I’ll never really lose my quality on the ball. Guess it’s a conversation to be had.

“I need to make sure I’m playing games and I’m as fit as possible, it’s going to be massively important.

“Coming into this camp now, I wasn’t fit at all. I didn’t have much game time at all. Sometimes I’m able to get away with it. Ideally I want to go into a World Cup playing games and being able to be as fit as I can for as long as I can.”

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