Arsene Wenger taunts Tottenham Hotspur over Gareth Bale exit

The Frenchman believes those star exits proved seriously destabilising to his squad and he expects Tottenham to suffer in similar fashion even though manager Andre Villas-Boas has already spent big in a bid to ensure his team can thrive without Bale.

updated: August 31, 2013 09:55 IST
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London: Arsene Wenger lit the fuse on Sunday's explosive north London derby as the Arsenal manager warned Tottenham they will struggle to cope when Gareth Bale joins Real Madrid.

Bale is set to move to Madrid before the close of the transfer window on Monday evening despite last-minute hitches taking the deal down to the wire and Wenger is convinced the Wales winger's departure will prove a major blow to Spurs.

Wenger, whose side pipped Tottenham in the race for the Champions League last season, has bitter experience of losing key players late in the window after being forced to sell Cesc Fabregas, Samir Nasri and Robin van Persie in recent years.

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