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Last season the Gunners pipped their North London rivals Tottenham to fourth place and Champions League football on the last day of the season.

This year promises to be even more exciting as both clubs are not just battling for supremacy in North London, but also for the No.1 spot in the Premier League. In early September, Arsenal dealt an early blow to Andre Villas Boas' men in a 1-0 victory at the Emirates, and the  North London Best XI suggests that the Gunners will have the edge come the end of the season.

Formation: 4-2-3-1

Goalkeeper: Hugo Lloris (Tottenham) 

In just over a season at the club, the 26 year old Frenchman has established himself as one of the finest keepers in the league. His 6 clean sheets in 9 games in all competitions shows why he can be considered a safer pair of hands than Wojciech Szczesny of Arsenal.

Right-back: Kyle Walker (Tottenham) 

The Young Englishman narrowly pips the more experienced Bacary Sagna to the right back position, in one of the tightest battles in this team. Sagna, 30, while still possessing quality, is not the player he once was; he is losing his pace, something that Walker has in abundance.

Centre-back: Laurent Koscielny (Arsenal) 

The French international produced the form of his life in the latter half of last season and was instrumental in helping the Gunners secure 4th-place. Still occasionally rash in his tackling, his pace and reading of the game make Koscielny one of the best centre-backs in the Premier League.

Centre-back: Jan Vertonghen (Tottenham)  

The 26 year old Belgian star made the move to White Hart Lane in 2012 despite rumoured interest from Arsenal. His performances in his debut campaign may have Arsenal fans ruing their club's inaction. Accomplished at the back, and a goal threat, Vertonghen secures his place above the likes of Per Mertesacker.

Left-back: Kieran Gibbs (Arsenal) 

While injuries hampered the early career of Kieran Gibbs, the 24 year old has recovered well and has been producing impressive displays of late. Ever a threat going forward, Gibbs has worked on his defensive game and is unlucky that both Ashley Cole and Leighton Baines are around at the same time, or he would be playing for England.

Central midfielder: Aaron Ramsey (Arsenal)

 Arguably the player of the season so far this year, Ramsey has gone a long way to justifying Wenger's faith in him, as the young Welshman has produced the form of his life, scoring 8 goals in 11 appearances in all competitions

Central midfielder: Mathieu Flamini/ Paulinho 

This one was too close to call. Paulinho has made an impressive start to life at Spurs, and with an impressive work-rate the Brazilian helps out in both attack and defence, but to ignore the contribution of Mathieu Flamini would be criminal. The player's return has been instrumental in Arsenal's rise to the summit of the table and he must be regarded as one of the bargains of the season.

Right attacking midfielder: Gylfi Sigurdsson (Tottenham) 

The versatile Icelandic midfielder finds a place in the team, edging out the likes of Theo Walcott. Several impressive performances this campaign mark his evolution from a fringe player to a key goal threat emphasised by his 3 league goals this season.

Central attacking midfielder: Mesut Ozil (Arsenal)

The £42.4m summer signing has been a key reason behind the re-emergence of Arsenal as title contenders. The 'king of the assist' has justified his price-tag and his place above the impressive Christian Eriksen, with several truly world-class displays.

Left attacking midfielder: Santi Cazorla (Arsenal)

While the Gunners have hardly missed the Spaniard of late, the former Malaga man was the stand out player for them last season, and as such merits a place even in his slightly less-favoured wide position. The combination of him and Ozil in the same team would have any defence worrying.

Striker: Olivier Giroud (Arsenal)

Roberto Soldado may yet go on to replicate his scoring form he showed at Valencia later this season, but at this moment 6 ft 4 Frenchman Giroud is the greater danger upfront with four league goals this season, including the winner in the North London derby.

Substitutes: (Szczesny, Sagna, Vermaelen, Wilshere, Eriksen, Walcott, Soldado)

Arsenal come out on top with six and a half players, compared to Tottenham's four and a half. However the Spur's squad has greater depth and this could prove important in the closing stages of the season.

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