Robert Pires expects Gareth Bale to leave Real Madrid this summer and urged Arsenal to make a move for the out of favour Welsh star.
Now into his sixth campaign at the Santiago Bernabeu, Bale’s struggles appear to be showing no signs of ending whatsoever due to a lack of form and fitness once again.
Upon Cristiano Ronaldo’s departure for Juventus last summer, Bale was expected to take his golden opportunity to become Los Blancos’ main man after spending five years in the Portuguese’s shadow.
Instead, Bale has found himself benched recently by new manager Santiago Solari in favour of Lucas Vazquez and Vinicius Junior.
Therefore, fresh doubt over the 29-year-old’s long-term future has arisen with his former Tottenham team-mate Dimitar Berbatov suggesting that it’s time for him to leave Real as he’s always unappreciated.
A return to Spurs along with moves to both Manchester United and Chelsea in the Premier League have been regularly mentioned for Bale.
But Pires has made a surprise suggestion by claiming Arsenal could be a good fit for the Wales international.
“I think there’s a good chance Gareth Bale might be playing his last season at Real Madrid,” Pires told bwin.
“He is having a very tough time on and off the pitch at the moment, and there are a lot of questions about how settled he is in the dressing room and how appreciated he is by the fans.
“You can see that Bale is an unhappy player at the moment. I think coming back to the Premier League is the most logical step for Gareth Bale.
“There’s an assumption that he would go back to Tottenham, but I would encourage Arsenal to open the door to the Emirates for him.
“I know Tottenham fans would not be happy, but Bale would be very welcome at Arsenal. I hope the club tries to see if it is an option this summer.”
The two-time Premier League winner also expressed his confidence in Arsenal’s chances of playing Champions League football next season.