Arsenal & Tottenham Hotspur combined XI (1)

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Arsenal and Tottenham lock horns on Sunday in a match that will surely rival the quality, intensity and ferocity of recent matches.

Arsenal forward Theo Walcott has cranked up the pressure ahead of the rivals match when posed the question of whether Spurs can now claim to be the superior side, Walcott replied: "Not at all. I feel we're very, very strong."

Both teams have cause for optimism ahead of the much anticipated match, with Arsenal bouncing back impressively with three successive victories following a disappointing 3-1 home loss at the hands of Aston Villa.

Despite injuries depleting their squad with forward Lukas Podolski the latest player to be injured, Arsenal can boast the fine form of Aaron Ramsey, Olivier Giroud and Per Mertesacker.

While Arsenal can also take heart from their last two home games against Spurs, which have resulted in 5-2 victories.

Likewise, Tottenham enter the game in fine form with three games all heralding three victories.

Despite a lack of goals in the Premier League - two goals from penalties - Tottenham are yet to concede a goal in all competitions while Vlad Chiriches, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela are expected to complete transfers to the club before Sunday's kick-off capping off an already very active transfer window for Spurs

Ahead of the North London derby, Joe Glanville assesses how a combined eleven would look, taking into consideration; form, injuries and availability.

Therefore the likes of Thomas Vermaelen, Mikel Arteta, Abou Diaby, Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain, Aaron Lennon and Lukas Podolski will not be in contention due to injuries sustained.

Likewise, Gareth Bale will not be in contention due his impending transfer to Real Madrid, while Vlad Chiriches, Mathieu Flamini, Christian Eriksen and Erik Lamela are with both Arsenal and Tottenham finalising deals for those players.

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