Would you swap Walcott for Bale?

By Avenell Dave

It's amazing, isn't it? So much hype for a player who doesn't really deserve it.

In Gareth Bale, T*tt*nh*m have a player who, let's be honest, is pretty decent on his day and is probably having the season of his life.

I don't like his diving but then we've had more than our fair share of players who go to ground easily.

And yet I find it ridiculous that organisations as decent as the BBC are talking about him in the same breath as Messi and Ronaldo, who, let's be honest, he is nowhere near rivalling.

He's scored a few goals against Arsenal and I'm disappointed West Ham, whose fans despise our neighbours almost as much as we do, didn't target him more physically when they played on Monday.

Without him, T*tt*nh*m would be in all sorts of trouble and with Modric gone, he's the only player capable of really creating openings for them.

There's so much speculation that he will be touted as player of the year - probably the first since Jurgen Klinsmann, and another who left in order to win trophies.

Since then, we 've seen Dennis Bergkamp, Thierry Henry, Robert Pires and RvP win the title but from the noise generated by T*tt*nh*m you;d think they were leading the title race.

Whatever.

The key for us is to make sure we don't get beaten on Sunday and if we manage that, I'm even more convinced than I have been that we'll finish in the top four.

We're more than capable of winning the game and we have to take something from it or they'll be seven points clear with a quarter of the season left.

They've got a really tough run-in but we have a habit of shooting ourselves in the foot so we can take nothing for granted.

There are some idiots, disillusioned that we're not winning trophies, who I've seen say that they want us to lose to push the club closer to sacking Arsene Wenger.

Ridiculous of course, because the club and its success is bigger than anyone, including the manager.

He can certainly go some way to winning over those who doubt him by masterminding a win on Sunday.

Carl Jenkinson is going to have a tough game at right back and must retain his discipline but otherwise, the only decision I can see Le Boss having to make is who to play in the heart of the defence.

With Abou Diaby a doubt once again (who would have thought it??), I suspect Aaron Ramsey will come in and the rest of the team picks itself unless he decides to play Diaby and Ramsey at the expense of the somewhat lazy Lukas Podolski.

Addict XI

Szczesny

Jenkinson Mertesacker Vermaelen Monreal

Ramsey Arteta

Walcott Wilshere Cazorla

Giroud

Oh, and in answer to the question in the headline, they’re pretty much of a muchness aren’t they?

Bale and Theo Walcott both have hot and cold games, can dazzle and disappear and perhaps the only difference is that Theo doesn’t use a trademark goal celebration, which I hope Bale has no need for on Sunday.