Arsenal vs Tottenham: Best possible Combined Line-up
Arsenal will host their fierce city rivals Tottenham in a game that is expected to produce fireworks and make heads turn. The two teams fought until the very end to finish above each other last season. Tottenham were even in the running for the title with Leicester but their form towards the fag end of the season took a downhill route and they ended up finishing the season below Arsenal, which was disappointing, as they had the chance to finish above Arsenal for the first time in 21 years.
The two teams will be confident heading into this fixture, but it is Arsenal that have been better in terms of form. Spurs, on the other hand, are winless for 6 games. They even lost 1-0 to Bayer Leverkusen in midweek at home and will be looking to bounce back from this whereas Arsenal will be looking to carry on with their fantastic form.
Both teams are filled with superstars and it will be difficult to get a combined Xi right, but let us take a look at the combined XI featuring stars from both Arsenal and Tottenham –
The Frenchman gets the nod over Petr Cech. It’s quite a close call as both keepers are great players in their own right and have done ever so well in the Premier League. Cech had been wonderful for Chelsea before he moved to Arsenal, but he has lesser clean sheets when compared to the man who captains both France and Tottenham. That stat pretty much solidifies his spot in the team.
The Spanish right back has been second to none and has put in some great performances this season. Although Kyle Walker has been good too, he gets edged out by Bellerin who looks like he could grow up to be a world class defender. He shows excellent pace while going front and comes back to defend with the same, if not more intensity. These qualities have made him an indispensable for Arsene Wenger.
The Frenchman has really come into his own off late. Partnered by Mustafi in the Arsenal defence, he has set no foot wrong and has been amazing in dealing with opposition attackers. He has been one of the standout center backs in the league so far.
Another defender that has grown into his own over time. The Belgian has been with Spurs for quite some time now. But he was error-prone at times and was criticized for his failure to deal with situations. But having gained enough experience, he has become better. The addition of fellow Belgian Toby Alderweireld to the Spurs defence has also helped Verthongen in correcting the mistakes from his past.
The Englishman edges out Nacho Monreal as he has just about done enough this season. Rose gets forward with aplomb and tracks back with equal efficiency. Arsenal’s right back will have his task cut out on match day as he attempts to deal with Rose, who is an absolute nuisance to handle when he’s bombarding down the left-hand side.
The Kenyan midfielder has settled in at his new club with ease. He has looked confident in his displays and looks to be one of the better Tottenham summer acquisitions. Wanyama gets the nod over Coquelin as he has been more impressive and far more consistent than his French counterpart. He has incredible defensive qualities and is decisive going forward. Pochettino will be relying on him to stifle Arsenal’s midfield that relies on quick ball movement.
The Spaniard has been sensational for Arsenal this season. Just cannot be dropped from a combined line-up featuring both these sides. He is absolute class and is in a league of his own. No creative midfielder in Spurs’ ranks can be matched to the former Malaga man’s brilliance.
Walcott seems to have finally hit the ground running. Wenger will be encouraged with the Englishman’s performances this season but will expect more from him. He can certainly give a lot more. Walcott has scored some important goals this season and will be looking to shine again in the North London Derby.
Another player that has really come into this own this season. The German has been brilliant. Scored a beautiful goal against Ludogorets in midweek and will look to have another influential game and impact on the North London Derby in a positive way for Arsenal.
Coming off the back of a delightful season, the youngster has gotten off to a relatively slow start. Again, that’s down to the team’s dynamics and their failure in the final third. Delli Alli continues to be a threat for Tottenham going forward. He is the club’s second highest goalscorer after Heung Min-Son this term.
The Chilean has found playing up front quite easy and has taken to his new role like a fish to water. Has definitely done enough in his new position to warrant a place up front in this line up. Isn’t the most sizeable unit but puts his best qualities to good effect and works ever so hard for the Arsenal team.