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Arsenal to benefit from Gareth Bale deal?

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Comments coming from Tottenham manager Andre Villas-Boas suggests Gareth Bale's long-awaited and much talked-about move to Real Madrid is nearly complete.

It's anyone's guess why this world record transfer has taken as long as it has, but once it's complete the club's involved should benefit in their own ways.

Real Madrid will get a world-class player; the poster boy of football, who will be worth hundreds of millions in shirt sales, image rights and, of course, performances on the pitch.

In exchange, Tottenham could be getting anywhere between £86m to well over £100m depending on which publication you choose to believe. 

A lot of that money has already been reinvested in the team with several major signings arriving at White Hart Lane. There will also be enough left over to break their transfer record for a third time this summer with Erik Lamela reportedly waiting for Bale's deal to go through before he slots in to replace him.

But the Bale deal could also have an effect on Arsenal's fortunes in the transfer market. One which sees them benefit the most out of this epic transfer.

Real Madrid have managed to blow a serious amount of cash this summer. Spanish starlets Isco and Asier Illarramendi have been brought in for a combined fee of just over £52m.

With Gonzalo Higuain being the only major outgoing, Real will likely offload some more talent in an attempt to finance Bale's transfer and wage package.

Enter Arsenal, who have been idly waiting all summer with a wad of cash, eager to sign neglected star players.

They moved to slowly for Higuain and met an impasse in their hunt for Luis Suarez but Karim Benzema could well be made available to the Gunners when Bale signs.

Although the French international has said he wishes to stay at the Bernabeu, there is little chance he will want to sit on the bench at Real Madrid in the season before a World Cup.

Places are up for grabs in the France squad and a season of inactivity could see Benzema fall out of contention. Signing for Arsenal and playing in the biggest league in the world is the best way to showcase your talents to a national coach.

Arsenal have the funds so surely wouldn't hesitate if he was made available.

Along with Bezema, Angel Di Maria and Mesut Ozil look to be falling out of favour at Real and could find themselves on their way out. Arsenal have been linked with the pair in what could be a triple swoop for the Gunners.

The addition of these three world-class players would give Arsenal serious potential to challenge for the title. The team already looks good with Aaron Ramsey and Olivier Giroud standing out. These new signings could elevate them from Dark Horses to favourites.

For Tottenham, the loss of their star man can not be diluted by the arrival of a host of lesser men. In their opening two games they have lacked the creative spark that Bale provided and have relied on penalties in both their wins. 

Their team will undoubtedly preform better when the new signings settle in, but they no longer have a player who can drag the team to three points when others a faltering.

For Real Madrid, the arrival of Bale could see tensions reach breaking point with Cristiano Ronaldo. 

Ronaldo loves to be the main man and feeds off of that fact. Bale's arrival signals that Ronaldo is no longer that man and his form may dip as a result. 

Losing the form of a player that has scored over a goal a game on average since joining would be hard to bear even with Bale in the side.

On the face of it, Arsenal should gain no benefit from the Bale deal, but the pressure has been built around his move to Madrid. Once the gun goes off, the transfer market should burst in to life.

That very fact may be the reason Tottenham and the wily Daniel Levy are doing everything to delay it's completion.

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