Speaking to the popular El Larguero show (quotes translated by the Mirror) on Cadena SER, Bale conceded that he used to admire Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira - but insists his feelings for the Gunners became less intense after he joined Spurs from Southampton in 2007.
"I used to like Arsenal a lot," Bale commented. "But when I moved to Tottenham of course I liked them less - but I really admired Thierry Henry and Patrick Vieira, those kind of players. They were incredible."
Bale insists Man Utd rumours do not interest him
Bale also took the opportunity to speak out about recent rumours linking him with a move to Manchester United.
The Wales international, who helped Real Madrid win La Decima in his first season at the Bernabeu, insists he is more than happy in Spain and hopes to stay put with Los Blancos.
When asked if he thought a move to Old Trafford was possible, Bale responded: “For me no. I did an interview recently and I said I’m happy here, I’ve got several years left on my contract and I’m having a good time. We’re winning trophies and I want to stay here.”
Bale scoring freely in Spain
Bale scored 22 goals in 44 appearances for Real Madrid following his world record transfer from White Hart Lane in the summer of 2013.
And he has managed to keep up his average of a goal every other game this season, having netted 14 goals from 28 matches in all competitions so far.
Ar 25, Bale still has the best years of his career ahead of him, which is why Manchester United are reportedly keen to pay big money to bring him back to the Premier League.
De Gea swap deal rumours
It’s been speculated that world-class goalkeeper David de Gea could be used as bait to sign Bale, and United boss Louis van Gaal added fuel to the fire earlier this month by signing former Barcelona shot-stopper Victor Valdes on a free transfer.
But with United keen to retain the services of De Gea and Bale happy at Real Madrid, the chances of a deal being completed appear virtually non-existent at this stage.