Bale: Arsenal clash perfect opportunity to recover from Manchester City loss

The Spurs winger is relishing the prospect of taking on the Gunners and has acknowledged the game's importance for the fans, while admitting he wants to get on the scoresheet

Gareth Bale believes the upcoming north London derby against Arsenal presents the “perfect situation” for Tottenham to recover from Sunday’s loss to Manchester City.

Spurs have endured a mixed campaign so far, reaching as high as fourth before two defeats on the bounce saw Andre Villas-Boas’ side drop to seventh in the Premier League table.

However, Bale is positive he and his team-mates can get their form back on track with a victory over their close rivals at the Emirates.

"It’s almost the perfect situation," the Welshman told the club’s official website.

"All form goes out of the window in the derby; we’ll go out there to play for the fans and try to go out for a victory.

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"You step onto the pitch and feel the atmosphere around you. It’s a great day and hopefully we’ll come out on top."

Bale also emphasised the importance of the atmosphere during the game, with the fans' “noise and energy” capable of giving the team a valuable boost.

He continued: “The lads concentrate on the game and try to treat it as just another game, but we know how important it is for the fans.

"If you score a goal, the noise and energy around the stadium gives you a lift and keeps you going. I did it before and I'm looking to trying to do the same again.”