Arteta: Bale return good for the Premier League

Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta believes that the return of Gareth Bale is ‘positive’ for the Premier League as the Real Madrid star edges closer to signing for the Gunners’ north London rivals, Tottenham.

Bale has jetted into London today ahead of completing a season-long loan move to Spurs, the Welsh international having departed the North London club to sign for Real Madrid in a world-record deal seven years ago.

The 31-year-old was regarded as potentially the finest footballer in the division upon moving to the Bernabeu, and has since enjoyed a wealth of success in the Spanish capital, scoring over a century of goals for Los Blancos, winning two league titles and four Champions League trophies amongst his major honours.

The Welshman has endured a difficult period of late after falling out-of-favour under Zinedine Zidane and will hope to reignite his career back in English football, a move that Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta says is positive for the Premier League despite seeing his side’s rivals strengthened with the signing of a world-class talent.

“The Premier League always has the best players in the world,” Arteta told his pre-match press conference. “Gareth is one of the most significant players.

“I think it’s always positive to bring the best players back. The competition from every club is making this league harder and harder.”

Arsenal host West Ham tomorrow hoping to make it back-to-back wins to open the new season, whilst the club’s transfer plans are continuing ahead of the transfer deadline on October 5.

Arteta is keen to bring in a new goalkeeper following the departure of Emiliano Martinez to Aston Villa, the Gunners having seen several approaches rejected for Brentford’s David Raya as they seek competition and cover for first-choice Bernd Leno.

The club are also believed to be interested in signing midfield pair Thomas Partey and Houssem Aouar, though will need raise funds through further departures before next months deadline.

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