Arsenal next in sights for in-form Gareth Bale

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LONDON (AP) -Stopping Tottenham winger Gareth Bale has proved beyond most Premier League defenses this season, so there's little hope Arsenal's suspect back four will be up to the job in Sunday's crucial north London derby.

By scoring eight goals in his last six matches, Bale is inviting comparisons with Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi as he almost single-handedly carries third-place Tottenham to the Champions League next season.

Next in his sights is Arsenal, which is currently just outside the top four and facing a real fight to qualify for Europe's top competition for the 16th straight season.

Fans, opposing managers and even teammates are in awe of Bale, with Tottenham midfielder Scott Parker saying "words can't really describe how well he's playing at the moment."

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