With Arsenal and Tottenham preparing for a head to head battle today, we are trying to take a closer look at the two teams to analyse who will prevail in this season’s first North London combined XI.

Completely based on this term’s form and injury issue, some of the positions in the side are nailed on certainties, whereas others are more open for debate.

Let’s look the combined eleven comprising Arsenal and Tottenham stars.

Goalkeeper

Petr Cech (Arsenal) – despite a wobbly debut, the 33-year-old Spaniard has proved just what a talent he still remains as a goalkeeper in Premier League.

Central defenders 

Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) – Among the two centre-backs one would be definitely Koscielny with his quickness. He is really one of the finest defenders in the world on his day, scores a decent amount of goals and is good with the ball but question mark remains over his fitness due to a recent injury.

Toby Alderweireld (Tottenham) – The Belgian youngster has settled well this term at White Heart Lane. His performance with controlled aggression has overtaken that of Jan Vertonghen, who has that aggression but falls down whenever gets touched.

Left Back

Nacho Monreal (Arsenal)– The Spaniard has rediscovered his form improving a lot at left-back position, offers solid defensive performances with a much needed attacking threat down the flank.

Right Back

Kyle Walker (Tottenham)– A lightning-quick pace down the touchline, also an added attacking dimension to Tottenham’s style of play, but defensively and position wise a bit weak. If Arsenal’s Bellerin was fit he would have taken this spot in our combined eleven.

Central Midfielders

Francis Coquelin (Arsenal) – Just keeps proving his worth to this Arsenal squad and is now a key pawn for Wenger. Defensively excellent but sometimes lack of passing range render him a midfielder with limitation. However this season he is in good form.

Santi Cazorla (Arsenal) – The heartbeat of Wenger’s Gunners currently and is enjoying his new deep lying playmaker role with much more effectiveness.

Attacking Midfielders

Alexis Sanchez (Arsenal) – You cannot leave him out. An excellent leader, one of the biggest goal threats in Premier League and also hardest grafter. Already has 7 goals so far this season though didn’t score in his last four games.

Mesut Ozil (Arsenal) – It’s only the early days of November and already 9 assists in the Premier League which says it all. He is finally beginning to show why Wenger brought him to Emirates. Ozil’s creative spark has been crucial to the Gunner’s rise up the points table.

Christian Eriksen (Tottenham) – Certainly a key creative forces for Tottenham and may be the best free kick taker right now in Premier League.

Striker

Harry Kane (Tottenham) – Five goals in his last three matches, finally puts an end to all the criticisms of ‘one-season wonder’ talk. Surely the new hero of White Hart Lane. Gareth Bale is now past. 

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