Date: 26th February 2012 at 8:00pm
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During the opening stages of the North London Derby today, it seemed as though things were going to go from bad to worse for Arsenal Football Club.

Spurs scored a quite flukey goal following some unsightly defending from the Gunners as early as the fourth minute. From then on it felt like our already horrible season was about to take at turn for the worse.

It didn`t take long until that materialised.

The sight of former Gooner and much despised figure in football, Adebayor, slotted home a penalty kick in front of the North Bank made stomachs churn even further. However it was the manner in which the penalty was won that was the kick in the teeth.

Before we get started let me just remind the visitors to Vital Arsenal of the articles I`ve published in the past condemning the actions of Robert Pires, Robin van Persie and more recently, Eduardo, as they`ve all taken tumbles in order to win penalties under Arsene Wenger`s tenure. So after vilifying players of my own team, I`m well within my rights to call Gareth Bale a cheat.

The manner in which he flung himself to the ground today was disgraceful. And this certainly isn`t Bale`s first infraction. Indeed, there is only one player in the Premier League to have been yellow carded for simulation on more than one occasion this season, and from the tone of this article I`d guess you don`t need me to point in any directions for you to realise which player that is.

Needless to say that tally should have been increased to 3 today.

The thing that doesn`t sit well with me however is the treatment players like Pires and Eduardo have received in the past compared to the likes of Bale.

Indeed Bobby is still hounded to this day for his dive against Portsmouth back in the 2003/04 season. Eduardo was hauled over the coals via the media and indeed given a suspension by UEFA for “simulation” before the decision was reversed following an admission from the governing body that this was to be a one-off ban.

So the question has to be asked, why isn`t Bale treated in the same way?

I don`t want to appear bitter in anyway, indeed, following the demolition of Spurs today, I should be positively euphoric, and whilst that is true, I`m a little saddened by the lack of consistency.

Where are the article and comments from across the footballing world condemning Bale? Let`s face it, he does this all the time, yet he isn`t treated in the same way as other perpetrators.