Chelsea and Arsenal can both be credited with dragging the Barclays Premier League from the north-west and can safely be labelled the most successful London clubs in the history ovf the division.

The two are inseparable in terms of title wins, with three apiece, and ahead of the clash between the duo this weekend, GMF felt it the ideal time to profile some of the club's leading lights from the Premier League years in our own Chelsea-Arsena combined XI.
 

Goalkeeper: David Seaman

The England goalkeeper was the cornerstone of Arsenal's first title win in 1998, and spearheaded a defence that conceded just 33 goals in their 38 league games. Made one of the most talked about saves in FA Cup history when he kept out Paul Peschisolido.

Honourable mentions: Petr Cech, Jens Lehmann
 

Right-back: Lee Dixon

Another member of that stern defence at Highbury that helped keep 18 clean sheets in their title winning season, which included seven in a row from the end of January to the start of April. Deserved more silverware for his consistency at the back.

Honourable mentions: Paulo Ferreira, Lauren
 

Centre backs: Tony Adams, John Terry

Both talismanic captains, both willing to put their body on the line for their club.

The way Adams led Arsenal from the back defined The Gunners march to the double, while Terry was quickly labelled the 'new Adams' for his never say die attitude at the back.

The Blues kept 20 clean sheets on their way to winning the title in 2006 with Terry's faultless showings at the heart. Adams' crashing drive against Everton, the day Arsenal secured their first Premier League title one the division's defining moments.

Honourable mentions: Marcel Desailly, Sol Campbell
 

Left back: Ashley Cole

Won titles with both clubs in the Premier League, twice with Arsenal, including being a member of the 'invincible' side, while his move to Stamford Bridge saw him capture the title in 2010, as Chelsea wrestled the trophy away from Manchester United.

His move between the two in 2005 ruined his reputation at Arsenal, while with The Blues, Cole has developed into one of the world's best full-backs.

Honourable mentions: Graeme Le Saux, Nigel Winterburn
 

Right midfield: Damien Duff

The Irish winger led a front-three during Jose Mourinho's hay-day at the Bridge. The former Blackburn man brought his best form from Ewood Park and dazzled, his finest moment coming in the Champions League against Barcelona.

Honourable mentions: Jesper Gronkjaer, Freddie Ljungberg
 

Central midfield: Patrick Vieira, Frank Lampard

Vieira's impact at Arsenal is as much defined by the success he had during his time at the club, as it is by the trophy drought they've suffered since his departure. How they've missed his dominance in the middle.

Lampard has been Mr Consistent for Chelsea. Scoring 20 goals for the club in six successive seasons, and winning three league title along the way, including scoring twice against Bolton to secure the club's first in 2005.

Honourable mentions: Claude Makelele, Cesc Fabregas
 

Left-midfield: Robert Pires

The Frenchman was the definition of the flair Arsenal possessed during their famous unbeaten run. His stunning goals against Aston Villa and Liverpool during his time at North-London provided evidence of his class, as did his perfect partnership with Thierry Henry on the left-hand side which terrorised the league's best for six successive seasons.

Honourable mentions: Arjen Robben, Marc Overmars
 

Strikers: Gianfranco Zola, Thierry Henry

Two of the greatest players to set foot on our shores and both could arguably be considered the greatest player in the Premier League era.

Zola, at the time, was as unique a player as English football had seen. He tricked his way through the best of defences in the Premier League, and thrilled onlookers with his skills. Restricted to just cup success with The Blues, Zola is considered the club's greatest ever player.

Henry may have started slowly, but it was seemingly just a warm up for what would become one of the most dominate spells we've seen from a player in this division. Whether it be his volley against United, or his run from the half-way line against Tottenham Hotspur, every week the Frenchman appeared to produce another moment of magic.

Honourable mentions: Didier Drogba, Dennis Bergkamp

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#Chelsea
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