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Premier League: London XI

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Manchester may have been the more successful footballing city in recent seasons, but many of the Premier League's best players ply their trade in the capital city.

Here is team comprised of the best players currently playing for London-based clubs.

Goalkeeper: Jussi Jaaskelainen | West Ham

Jaaskelainen has been vital in West Ham's quest to stay up this season; his saves have proved crucial in them grinding out results. He has saved an incredible 149 shots in 34 games, keeping 10 clean sheets, making him one of the best shot-stoppers in the Premier League.

Substitute: Hugo Lloris | Tottenham

Right-back: Sascha Riether | Fulham

The German international has been a revelation for Fulham this season and has made the right-back position his own. Consistent performances, defensively and going forward, Riether has helped Fulham have another stable season in the top flight. His tally of one goal and three assists show he is a threat going forward, too.

Substitute: Cesar Azpilicueta | Chelsea 

Centre-back: David Luiz | Chelsea

The Brazilian has improved offensively this season and his concentration levels are better than before, making him a mainstay in the Chelsea's defence. He is a real threat from set-pieces, scoring a sensation free-kick against Aston Villa earlier this season. He has been vital in Chelsea being one of the best defensive sides in England.

Substitute: Winston Reid | West Ham

Centre-back: Jan Vertonghen | Tottenham

He is another Belgian success in the Premier League, becoming arguably Spurs' most vital player in defence. His defending has been very good as he doesn't let attackers get past him easily, but he also scores many match-winning goals such as the one's against Swansea and Manchester United. With four goals and three assists this league campaign, Vertonghen is a potent attacker too.

Substitute: Per Mertesacker | Arsenal

Left-back: Nacho Monreal | Arsenal

The Spanish defender has made an immediate impact since joining Arsenal in the winter transfer window. He has been crucial in Arsenal's recent unbeaten run, defending really well and also scoring a crucial goal away at Swansea.

Substitute: Ashley Cole | Chelsea

Centre-midfielder: Frank Lampard | Chelsea

Lampard has been back to his prolific best this season, scoring some vital goals from the midfield and becoming Chelsea's top scorer in the league this season. He reached an incredible 200 goals this season, and his double at Everton was crucial in the top-four race.

Substitute: Jack Wilshere | Arsenal

Centre-midfielder: Santi Cazorla | Arsenal

Cazorla has enjoyed a successful first season in the Premier League, helping Arsenal move closer to a spot in next season's Champions League. He has been their top scorer this season, scoring a hat-trick against Reading. Cazorla has scored 12 times and has assisted seven in 34 games this season. 

Substitute: Mousa Dembele | Tottenham

Right-wing: Eden Hazard | Chelsea

Hazard's form for Chelsea in his first season at the club has made him secure a place on the PFA award shortlist. Hazard has scored nine and assisted nine in the Premier League this season, making him a threat from the right wing.

Substitute: Theo Walcott | Arsenal

Attacking midfielder: Juan Mata | Chelsea

Mata has been arguably Chelsea's best player for the past two seasons now. He has created numerous chances for his teammates and can finish off moves too making him one of the best playmakers in the Premier League. This season he has 10 goals and 12 assists in just 26 starts, making his nomination for PFA Player of the Year nothing less than deserved.

Substitute: Lewis Holtby | Tottenham 

Left-wing: Gareth Bale | Tottenham

Bale has been one of the best players in the Premier League this season, constantly saving Spurs from games which they could have potentially lost. His raw pace has helped him get past some of the best defenders in the Premier League and he has also scored some quality goals outside the box.

With 18 goals and four assists in 29 games, Bale is one of the best wingers in the world.

Substitute: Loic Remy | QPR 

Striker: Dimitar Berbatov | Fulham

Berbatov's decision to join Fulham has paid dividends as he has rediscovered his goalscoring from which made him win the Premier League Golden Boot two seasons ago. He has been the focal-point of all attacks at Fulham and has put a shift in as he has started to retreat down the pitch to get the ball. Thirteen goals and three assists in 29 games shows how good a striker Berbatov is.

Substitute: Olivier Giroud | Arsenal

 

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