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Best XI: Premier League's London Clubs

Which players will feature in the best team from London? (©GettyImages)
Which players will feature in the best team from London? (©GettyImages).

London XI:

Goalkeeper: Petr Cech

Between Lloris, Jaaskelainen and Szczesny, but due to the Chelsea stopper's experience and consistency, he gets the goalkeeping spot.

Left Back: Ashley Cole

The veteran Chelsea and England left back gets the left back spot in the London team, ahead of Rose, Kieran Gibbs and Nacho Monreal.

Centre Back: Laurent Koscielny

The French centre back's impressive form throughout the last 12 months ensures his place in this team, narrowly beating Gary Cahill, Michael Dawson and Per Mertesacker.

Centre Back: John Terry (c)

Despite his advancing years, the centre back remains, on his day one of the best centre backs in Europe. His leadership and bravery in the important rival matches can often be the difference, and his reading of the game an defensive positioning is still unmatched in the Premier League, and he seems to be replicating his best form under Jose Mourinho. Very narrowly beating Jan Vertonghen, David Luiz and Thomas Vermaelen. 

Right Back: Kyle Walker

The young England right back has improved greatly over the last 2 years, and he seems to be improving every week. Strong, powerful, blisteringly fast and strong in both attack and defence, the right back looks to have an extremely bright future. Kyle gets selected ahead of very tough competition from Azpilicueta, Sagna, Branislav Ivanovic, Carl Jenkinson and Sasha Reither. 

Centre Midfield: Aaron Ramsey

The Welshmen's form in 2013 has been exceptional, with 2 goals and an assist in 4 Premier League games. Ramsey's  fantastic passing range, good skill and  new found goalscoring ability gives him the centre midfield spot in this team, ahead of Paulinho, Mikel, Essien, Parker and Wilshere. 

Centre Midfield: Frank Lampard

The other midfield spot was a tough call, as there are many fine midfield contenders all capable of partnering Ramsey. However, Lampard's goalscoring record is second to none, and despite being 35 years old, the legendary Englishman still scores and assists for fun on a weekly basis. With the coveted title of "Player of the Decade", and with 165 goals and with 95 assists to his name, Lampard gets the other midfield spot, ahead of the likes of Ramires, Dembele, Noble and Capoue.

Attacking Midfielder left: Eden Hazard

The skilful Belgian arrived in the Premier League with an already impressive reputation, and over the last year, all he has done is improve it. Quick, skilful, with an eye for a spectacular goal, there is almost no one who can challenge him for the left midfield slot, not just in London, but in the entire Premier League. The Belgian gets the position, ahead of the likes of Chadli, Oxlade-Chamberlain, Podolski and Schurrle. 

Attacking Midfielder Centre: Juan Mata

Although the little Spaniard has fallen out of favour at Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, and has found himself as the understudy to Oscar, who Mourinho believes to posess a more all round game, Mata is still arguably the best creative player in the Premier League. Agile and skilful, Mata possesses one of the best first touches in the Premier League, along with one of the best passing ability. He also has a very good eye for goal, and is a calm finisher; 31 assists and 21 goals last season demonstrates his importance to the team. With the creative midfield positions one of the most fruitful in London, Mata beats off the likes of Oscar, De Bruyne and Rosicky. Although there could be a very strong case for Eriksen and Ozil to occupy the main number ten role behind the striker, due to his wonderful first two seasons in the Premier League, and the former two being inexperienced in this league,  Mata gets the nod to start.

Attacking Midfielder Right: Santi Cazorla

Another small and agile Spaniard who is very similar to Juan Mata in his style of play,  Cazorla is tricky, skilful and is blessed with wonderful technique on either foot. He was sensational for Arsenal last season, with 16 goals and 14 assists last season, and all for under £15 million pounds, which has proved to be a bargain. With such a creative player in their ranks, it does beg the question on why Wenger decided to splash £42.5 million pounds Ozil, who is very similar to Cazorla in the way he plays, and the signing of Ozil must surely mean that Cazorla would be played in a less effective position out wide, surely forcing the likes of Oxlade- Chamberlain and Podolski out of the Arsenal team indefinitely. Cazorla beats off the likes of Willian, Lamela, Townsend, Walcott, to get his place in this team. 

Striker: Olivier Giroud

The striking position for this team was a difficult one to choose. Last season, none of the major London teams featured a particularly prolific front man who dominated the Premier League in the same way that Suarez and Van Persie did so effortlessly. However, Arsenal's Olivier Giroud has improved radically this season, and his early form of an  impressive 4 goals in 4 Premier League games, along with an assist, shows that Giroud could be developing into the extremely prolific front man that Arsenal have missed since the departure of Van Persie. Giroud beats off the likes of Eto'o, Torres, Berbatov and Defoe, and although Soldado has proven his goalscoring ability in Spain, his early form is not quite as impressive as the Frenchman's, therefore he also loses out to Giroud. 

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