One of the most traditional and fiercest rivalries in the Premier League is that of Arsenal and Tottenham. 

The North London neighbours regularly challenge for similar spots in the league and their matches always provide explosive action. 

They both have wonderful players and their players combined in a team would make a force to be reckoned with.

Their race for a Champions League spot looks to be going down to the wire but if the squads combine who is likely to feature in a North London XI?

Goalkeeper | Hugo Lloris | Tottenham

Lloris is an established footballer and international. His experience and record as French national goalkeeper as well as his impressive performances for both Lyon and Tottenham means he gets the nod over Szczesny who is considerably younger.

Right back | Kyle Walker | Tottenham

Kyle Walker has been in good form for the last two seasons. He played all but one league match in last year’s successful campaign and he has made 30 league appearances this year. His strength, pace and ability on the ball is why I have chosen him over Sagna who has had an unpredictable and inconsistent season.

Centre back | Thomas Vermaelen | Arsenal

The Belgium centre back has been at the heart of the Arsenal defence when injury free. His presence at the back led him to become captain at the beginning of the season. His footballing ability and leadership qualities make him an excellent player and an excellent captain.

Centre back | Jan Vertonghen | Tottenham

His Belgium team mate Vertonghen has been a revelation since signing for Spurs. In his first season in the Premier League he has established himself as a versatile defender, able to play across the defence. He also possesses great goal scoring ability and defensive prowess. He was recently named player of the month and is the highest scoring defender in the Premier League joint with Ivanovic.

Left back | Kieran Gibbs | Arsenal

While Assou Ekotto has been doing an excellent job for Tottenham, Gibbs shows real promise and potential. He had an excellent first half of the season and gained praise from Wenger before an injury ruled him out in February.

Centre midfield | Jack Wilshere | Arsenal

It is clear that Jack Wilshere is world class and despite his recent injury problems you would always choose to have him in your team. His tenacious displays and impressive vision promote the hope that he will become one of the worlds best in the years to come.

Centre midfield | Santi Cazorla | Arsenal

Santi Cazorla has had a majestic first season in England. The Spanish maestro signed from Malaga in 2012 and has been a revelation alongside other Spanish talents such as Juan Mata. He has scored 12 goals in just 30 league appearances from his attacking midfield role and his majestic performances has seen him noted as one of the leagues most influential midfielders.

Centre midfield | Moussa Dembele | Tottenham

Dembele is a proven player in the Premier League after a couple of successful seasons with Fulham. He is tall and strong but also very technically gifted and played almost 30 matches this season. He also stars for the impressive Belgium national side where he has 45 capps.

Right forward | Theo Walcott | Arsenal

Walcott had an explosive start to the season netting numerous goals in September and Novermber and he has continued the good run of form throughout the campaign. Whether his position is out on the wing or as a striker it remains to be seen yet Walcott's lightening pace and excellent finishing with 11 goals in the league this season make him an established player.

Left forward | Gareth Bale | Tottenham

What is there that you can say about Gareth Bale? He is having an exceptional season and has been lauded as one of the best in the world. The Welsh wizard has bagged 22 goals in just 38 games for Tottenham with stunning winners against Lyon and West Ham. He has gained praise from some of the best players and managers in the world such as Jose Mourinho, Luis Figo and Dani Alves. 

Striker | Jermain Defoe | Tottenham

Defoe has been one of the most consistent players at this level for many years. He is having another good season with Spurs scoring 14 goals in all competitions. He has played at Tottenham for 10 seasons (with a spell at Porstmouth) and has been a loyal servant to the club, always scoring goals. His best return came in 2009-2010 where he scored 24 goals across all competitions.

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