With 5 capital clubs in the Premier League, we look at what 11 players a manager would pick if he had the squads of Arsenal, Chelsea, Fulham, Tottenham and West Ham at his disposal.
Goalkeeper: Petr Cech
The best goalkeeper in the Premier League for the last 6 years and also one of the best of his generation. His only real competition is Hugo Lloris of Tottenham Hotspur but clearly Cech wins the race here. Petr Cech is the second longest serving foreign goalkeeper in the Premier League behind West Ham’s Jussi Jaaskelainen. Not even the improved Arsenal keeper Szczesny would stand a chance ahead of these two.
Right-Back: Bacary Sagna
Arsenal wing-back Bacary Sagna is arguably the most consistent player in the Premier League, and also the best right-back England has to offer. With pace, good passing ability and also a potent attacking threat, Sagna made his mark on the Premier League rather quickly. Although he had a below-par season last year, the French International is very much back to his best.
Centre-Back: Laurent Koscielny
Arguably the best centre-back in the Premier League, Koscielny makes the list for his leadership, intelligence and one-on-one ability. The French International reached his 100th Premier League appearance for the Gunners yesterday against Cardif and marked it with a clean sheet as well and there is no reason why he won’t make it to 200, one of the best of this Premier League generation, he fully deserves his place on the list.
Centre-Back: John Terry
Captain, Leader, Legend as Chelsea fans like to call him. The Blues Captain still is one of the best in the league and picking a London XI without him is rather a difficult one.
Left-Back: Jan Vertonghen
The versatile defender is as good on the left as he is in the centre of a defensive quartet, and that quality sees him beat the likes of Keiran Gibbs and the injured Ashley Cole for the position of left-back. An astute signing from Tottenham, Vertonghen has developed into one of the best in England’s top flight.