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Arsene Wenger admits Bale can be as good as Messi and Ronaldo but not right now

Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has been earning rave reviews for his performances this season and after his brace against Lyon in the Europa League, the Wales international has been compared in some quarters to Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo.

However, Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has refused to be drawn into the debate by stating that it is premature to compare Bale with the world’s top 2 players. Sky Sports quotes the Gunners boss saying, “Bale has the potential to develop and become the players that you compare him to. However, Messi has won two or three Champions Leagues, a few championships, scored 95 goals in a year, so let’s not go too quick. You are always very quick here, but let’s slow down a little bit.”

Arsenal were linked with a move for Bale when he played in the Southampton youth academy but opted against taking the player on. The Gunners instead signed Bale’s fellow-academy star Theo Walcott and the French manager has no qualms over his decision.

Wenger added, “It was Walcott and Bale, and we were at some stage on (about) taking the two if possible, but we could get Walcott and I am very happy we got him. If I tell you the number of players we did not sign who we should have signed, you would be amazed, but it is the same for every single club, you miss players.”