Gareth Bale scored with two more free kicks to give Spurs a 2-1 advantage in the first leg of their Europa League tie against Lyon, prompting even more praise for the 23-year-old Welsh winger. Bale has 17 goals in 30 appearances this season across all competitions, fueling comparisons to the likes of Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo and other greats of the game from fans and pundits. And Arsene Wenger has had enough of it.
From the Telegraph:
"Bale has the potential to develop and become the players that you compare him to," he [Wenger] said.
"However, Messi has won two or three Champions League, 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."
And before you ask, no, Wenger is totally not just trying to shut up everyone who is singing the praises of a player for his club's biggest rival who he almost signed in 2005 before opting for Theo Walcott instead.
"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," he said.
Here's a recent statistical comparison between Bale and Walcott that aired on Sky Sports News...
See? Nothing to regret. Now if you mention Bale to Wenger again, he will cut you.