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Arsenal man reveals admiration for Tottenham ace

Gareth Bale (left) and Aaron Ramsey. Photo: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport Gareth Bale (left) and Aaron Ramsey. Photo: Nigel French/EMPICS Sport

Friday, September 7, 2012
7:34 AM

Aaron Ramsey has heaped praise on Gareth Bale as the north London pair prepare for Wales’ World Cup qualifier against Belgium.

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Arsenal’s Ramsey put club rivalries aside to single out Spurs man Bale’s quality, saying he wouldn’t swap his fellow Wales international for any of Belgium’s stars, including Cheslea’s Eden Hazard.

23-year-old Bale has made a muted start to the Premier League campaign with Andre Villas-Boas’ side, but Ramsey expects him to return to his best.

“He has been doing what he does for a couple of years, creating and scoring goals and always being a threat to the opposition,” said Ramsey.

“He gets in behind teams and takes on players and has the quality to whip in a cross, or come inside and shoot from distance and cause a problem for the keeper.

“He can create things and he has shown that against top quality defenders. He has got a few hat-tricks, including one against Inter Milan where he tore Maicon apart.

“He has done it a number of times, he has scored a lot of goals and created a lot of chances and he is a player who could be key to unlocking a defence.

“You can’t say he has had a slow start to the season, he has created chances in the games I have seen.

“Tottenham have had a tough start to the season but he has shown on the training pitch what quality he has.”

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